| The third grade children read The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry and were asked to pay attention to the many animals that
relied on the Kapok Tree for their needs. After reading the story a
discussion group was held asking the children a variety of questions
How important was the Kapok Tree to the animals on
the different levels of the rain forest?
How did the animals feel when they saw humans come
to chop down their tree?
Can you state examples in our world where our
ecosystem is in danger? (eg: air pollution, littering, ground pollution
In a "Community" ecosystem such as the
rainforest, all living things are dependent on one another, somewhat
like our classroom community, where we ALL work together towards a common
The children then created and assembled their own
cut paper classroom Kapok Tree, (EMERGENTS: Giant trees that are much higher than the average
canopy height.) placing each of their
constructed cut paper animals in the proper layer.