TEL Lesson Plan
Animals of the rain forest

Grade Level: 2
Subject: Science: Life Science
Time Frame: 1 hour


Students will research the characteristics of the rain forest.

Databases/Other Resources

Kids InfoBits



Steps for Teacher


Steps for Librarian


Steps for Student

  1. Access the Tennessee Electronic Library at
  2. Under the search box, select Browse Resources by School Grades.
  3. Select Elementary School Resources.
  4. Select Kids Infobits
  5. In the Kids Infobits search box, type rain forest.
  6. The results screen lists categories that include the phrase "rain forest", including rain forest ecology, rain forest animals, and rain forest plants.  There are also numbers beside the buttons. The list breaks the articles into categories and the numbers represent how many articles each category contains.
  7. Under the category Rain Forest Animals, select the View button. (Notice how many articles the database has on this topic).
  8. The resulting screen shows one Reference article. Clic k the Magazines tab to view more articles.
  9. Select articles to read together.While reading the article, write down the names of animals and their characteristics (what they look like, what they eat, where they live). 


Related Activities

Content Standards

Science--Grade 2-Life Science

Grade 2: Standard 2 -- Interdependence

Conceptual Strand 2
All life is interdependent and interacts with the environment.

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Grade2: Standard 2 -- Interdependence

Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0207.2. Investigate the habitats of different kinds of local plants and animals.

GLE 0207.2 Investigate living things found in different places.

GLE 0207.2.3 Identify basic ways that plants and animals depend on each other.

Performance Indicators State

N/A for Grade 2 science


ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

2. Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

1.1.4. Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

1.1.6. Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.