Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems

Wynoochee sunrise
Photo by Rebecca Petring

Elementary students immerse themselves into the cool, wet rainforest environments of the Pacific Northwest. Students learn about plants and animals who call the rainforest home by  exploring adaptations of temperate rainforest organisms, finding out how species interact with one another, and learning how species use different senses to survive in the wet environment.

After learning about adaptations, students create their own temperate rainforest creature. They consider how the species will interact with other rainforest organisms and what adaptations they need to survive. This lesson was written in collaboration with Americorps Washington and Washington State Parks.

Lesson plan

Temperate Rainforests in Washington (PDF)  (PDF)

Supplemental resources

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Recorded April 12, 2021