Ms. Jenny Olson, back left, from the Children's Museum of Fond du Lac instructed third grade students from the Campbellsport School District as they learned about the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
Third graders in both Eden Elementary and Campbellsport Elementary had an Amazon and Amazing Adventure the first few weeks of November. They were fortunate to have Ms. Jenny Olson from the Children's Museum of Fond du Lac come into our third grade classroom to teach them about the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
They transformed their classroom to create a rainforest effect, as well as, writing Amazing Facts in our passports. The third graders became experts as they researched particular animals from the rainforest. Information was found online and from non-fiction books in their classroom libraries.
They also learned the Amazon Rainforest is home to giant Amazon lily pads, which are six feet wide! More than 23 students and a teacher were able to fit on one lily pad!
The students participated in various hands-on stations such as creating a Bromeliad, which is a forest plant where frogs keep their tadpoles; identifying various scents from the rainforest (a few examples were vanilla, pineapple, sandalwood and grapefruit); trying to create a Kapok tree's root base, which would hold up the great Kapok tree; measure how many students it would take to measure the length of students to see how long an anaconda is; timing each other and compare our speed to a sloth's speed; and constructed rainforest models and observed the effects of what happens when resources are taken away.
This was a great eye-opening experience as they learned how much we all rely on the rainforest - not only for a place for red-eyed tree frogs and yellow anacondas to live, but for medicines; everyday items we find in our homes; and clean air to breathe. The students decided that we are going to do what they can to take care of the rainforests.