How Do Jaguars and Howler Monkeys in Belize Depend on Us?

How does weather play a role in the lives of land and sea creatures? Find out with a lesson focused on habitats and the ways animals from different homes are connected. Here, learners explore how the life of a jaguar and howler monkey are related to that of a manatee and loggerhead turtle. Class members watch a video, listen to a variety of stories, and simulate a watershed. Additionally, they write a story from the perspective of the animals, design a picture representation of how the creatures use water, and create a book complied of their knew-found knowledge.      

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Do some research to find out if a local watershed is available for your class to visit 
  • Have the lesson's story books easily accessible for pupils to browse when time permits 
  • Visit the school library, or search on mobile learning devices, to locate additional information about the animals presented in the lesson   
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson, created by Rainforest Alliance, is the third of four in a series focused on habitats
  • Some of the items found in the Included Materials section are also referenced in other lessons in the series 
  • Visit the school library, or search on mobile learning devices, to locate additional information about the animals presented in the lesson   
Pros

  • The lesson plan follows a clear organizational pattern 
  • A picture of an example bulletin board is provided 
Cons

  • None