Students will research the rainforest in their WebQuests; however, this lesson gives everyone the opportunity to understand the importance of conserving and protecting this fragile ecosystem. This is an arts/language arts project.
- art paper
- paints, markers, colored pencils
- various picture books of the rainforest
- writing paper
Have students search through the books until they find a picture that appeals to them. Spend some time discussing what the pictures mean to the students. Assist them in understanding the importance of rainforests and the creatures that live there.
Ask students to each create a pencil sketch of a plant or animal that they found interesting in their search through the books. This is only a sketch — it should be something that is quick and simple. Once done, have students pair off and exchange pictures with their partners. Now, ask students to write a short poem (Haiku works well for this activity) inspired by their partner's sketch.
Once the poems are written, have students develop their sketches into completed works of art using whatever medium they prefer (watercolors, markers, etc.).
Hang the pictures, along with the poems they inspired, for Costa Rica Day.