Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Background: In order for this activity to run smoothly, the students need to have an understanding of some basic rainforest species and what their behaviors are like.
Grade Level: K through four
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Materials: Animal cards
Setting: Any space that is large enough for students to move around in.
Subjects: Animal behaviors, theater
Objective: Students should be able to name at least four rain forest species and describe what their mannerisms are.
Method: Each student will receive an animal card (there will be two of each animal) and without uttering any words (only sounds) they have to find their "mate" or their partner with the matching animal card. They must move around and act like their animal as they try to find someone who is acting similarly. Once pairs are found, go around and have them share what they are and what helped (or hindered) them in finding a mate. If a pair has a really difficult time, act out a behavior for them.
In 1500, there were an estimated six to nine million people inhabiting the rainforest of Brazil. By 1900, there were one million. Today, there are less than 200,00 and about a third of the original estimated 230 tribes have been wiped out. -Rainforest Action Network