The Virtual Rainforest
Welcome
A Neotropical Rainforest
Nicaragua
Rainforest Research

Plants:

Tree Seedlings

Forest Flowers

Deforestation

Insects:

Army Ants

Bullet Ants
Leafcutter Ants

Rhinoceros Beetle

Swallowtail Butterfly

Birds:

Hummingbird

Keel-billed Toucan

Mammals:
Howler Monkeys

White-faced Monkeys

Three-toed Sloth
Baird's Tapir
Jaguar
White-lipped Peccary
Agouti
Reptiles and Amphibians:
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Poison Dart Frog
Helmeted Iguana
Eyelash Viper
Terciopelo Viper
Spectacled Caiman
American Crocodile
Human Systems:
Rainforest Boy
Rainforest Girl
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Deforestation
Rainforest Research

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Teaching Students Using the Virtual Rainforest

Scavenger HuntThe Virtual Rainforest is primarily an educational website and it is our goal to have it used as much as possible to teach students about tropical rainforests. It focuses on the rainforests of the Americas (Neotropical Rainforests).

If you do use the Virtual Rainforest in your classroom, please email Dr. Gerald Urquhart to let us know how many classrooms are using the website.

We have developed a few classroom exercises that you can print out and use. They are available in MS Word and PDF versions.

  • Scavenger Hunt (DOC | PDF) - Finding the names of plants and animals that belong to certain groups.
    Appropriate for grades 2-4
  • Fact Hunt (DOC | PDF) - Finding facts about the plants and animals by reading the stories.
    Appropriate for grades 5-7.

Teaching SPANISH Using the Virtual Rainforest

Teaching Spanish to children is a lot of fun, especially if they can learn words that excite their imaginations. Dr. Urquhart has used photos from the Virtual Rainforest to teach different lessons in Spanish to local elementary schools in Lansing, Michigan. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MODIFY THESE IN ANY WAY TO FIT YOUR CLASS. Both PowerPoint (PPT) and Web (HTML) versions are available.

Vamos al Bosque Humédo/Let’s Go to the Rain Forest (PPT | HTML)
By showing a large number of different rainforest plants and animals, this lecture illustrates the noun-adjective pattern in Spanish vs. adjective noun in English. It teaches students names of rainforest plants and animals in a fun way.
IF YOU USE THE HTML VERSION, click on "Slide Show" in the lower right corner for full screen.

Mi Visita a Nicaragua/My Visit to Nicaragua (PPT | HTML)
This lesson emphasizes conjugation of verbs showing first, second and third person as well as plural usages, and discusses present and past tense.
IF YOU USE THE HTML VERSION, click on "Slide Show" in the lower right corner for full screen.

We have developed a few classroom exercises that you can print out and use. They are available in MS Word and PDF versions.


To learn more about current issues in the rainforest, please visit Mongabay.com, the leading source for news and information about rainforests.

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Copyright Gerald R. Urquhart
Michigan State University

Students and teachers have permission to quote text and use images from this website in class assignments. Images may be used in classroom and academic presentations with notification of author. All other use should request permission.

 

Virtual Rainforest development supported by grant #0815966 from the
National Science Foundation

Center for Global Change and Earth Observation

Michigan State University