Monday, June 29, 2015

Exploring The Amazon Rain Forest

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2015. This month's theme was, "Forests and Woods" Keep reading to learn more about the books we read, craft we made and grab your FREE journal page. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

This month we read Afternoon on the Amazon which is book #6 in the Magic Tree House series. In Afternoon on the Amazon Jack and Annie are whisked away to the Amazon River where they get lost. During their journey they encounter vampire bats, killer ants and man eating fish. Will they ever find their way back to the tree house? Or will they be stuck in the rain forest forever? The book was a great way to teach the children about forests. They learned about the different forest levels, where the Amazon Rain Forest is located and more.

We also utilized our Usborne Geography Encyclopedia to learn more about South America. This book goes along great with the journal page below.

Other book recommendations:
-Secrets of the Rain Forest
-Rain Forest to Color
-Magic Treehouse Rain Forests Research Guide
-Rain Forest Colors National Geographic
-If I Ran A Rain Forest (Dr. Seuss)
-National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-in: My Rain Forest Adventure 

For our craft we did a mixed media art project to learn more about the rain forest levels.

  • White cardstock
  • Green tissue paper (different shades)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper (optional)
  • Green and brown pipe cleaners (optional)
  1. Cut strips of corrugated cardboard for the tree trunks. You will need 3 different lengths which will represent the emergent layer, canopy layer and understory layer. Glue the cardboard onto the white cardstock. Be sure to leave enough space on the side to label the rain forest layers
  2. Color the top of the cardstock blue for the sky.
  3. Tear little pieces of tissue paper and glue the pieces to the top of the trees.
  4. Use a marker to add the forest floor. Color any remaining white background areas green. 
  5. Label the 4 rain forest layers:  emergent layer, canopy layer, understory layer and forest floor.
  6. Optional: Add pipe cleaners for vines and draw some animals:

Free Journal Pages:
Here is the geography journal page that will help children explore South America more. Download your copy here or click the picture below.

Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Enter the Woods with The Gruffalo Bundle Giveaway!
Get ready for some fun in the woods with this month’s Gruffalo Bundle Giveaway! The Gruffalo is a fun children’s book set in the woods and has a very funny, yet easy to follow story. This month the Poppins Book Nook group has partnered with NCircle Entertainment to offer readers a chance to win a brand new copy of The Gruffalo storybookThe Gruffalo DVD, and the Gruffalo’s Child DVD. This month’s lucky winner will enjoy all this woods themed family storybook and DVD fun with their family compliments of NCircle Entertainment and the Poppins Book Nook cohosts.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here

Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:

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