Learner Description: This is intended for First Grade students, but could be used for lower elementary. This would typically take place toward the end of the school year when the students have more reading skills in place. This activity is based on the Elliot Aronson's Jigsaw Classroom model.
The class will be divided into 3 expert groups. Each group will have a leader who is in charge of their group. They will be just like a teacher. If you have any questions, ask your leader first. Then ask other members of your group. If you still can't find the answer to your question, then ask me. Your first job is to visit each of the sites and read about your assigned layer. You can decide as a group to read individually or read aloud making sure everyone has a turn to read. Then you need to find the answers to the questions about your assigned layer on the Rainforest Worksheet. Every group member will fill in their own worksheet, but every answer should be the same as decided by your group.
Here are the questions you will need to find the answers to and fill out on the Rainforest Worksheet:
|Expert Group #1||Forest Floor||The Rainforest Floor|
|Expert Group #2||Understory||The Rainforest Understory|
|Expert Group #3||Canopy||Animals of the Rainforest Canopy|