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pinkclara
« on: May 22, 2004 06:02:00 AM »

I'm a first grade teacher in the Bronx...and I've reached the point in the year where I'm yanking down all of our academic charts and work from the walls, and attempting to turn my room into something that feels like the Rain Forest, using mostly kids' art.  We're doing research projects about animals and resources, too.
so far we have crepe paper vines, big 3-d paper trees, tissue paper/clay hummingbirds, bean plants...but I'd like some new ideas!  Fun and easy craft projects that I can do with my kids for this.
Any ideas or links that I can use?
Thanks Smiley I'll post a picture when I'm done!
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simply
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2004 06:29:31 AM »

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/rainfles.htm

http://expage.com/4rainforests

http://www.bobsedulinks.com/lpscience.htm (not much on the actual rainforest, but a whole lot of crafts you could maybe make relate to it.)

http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/rainforest/rainforest_art.htm


if you have a military surplus store near you, they sometimes sell a camoflage webbing, and if you hang it across the ceiling it would look like your under a canopy.  a neat way to do water is crumpled aluminum foil with a blue celophane/plastic wrap layered lightly over it (but those are more for you to do than them).  the magic school bus did a lesson on the rainforest that could be useful.   hope some of this helps  Smiley
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RachOfTheJungle
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2004 06:56:15 AM »

OOO OOO How cool! You asked the right person! ;-)

When I was in middle school, I painted my room like a rainforest. Here are some pics. I don't know if you'd be allowed to paint, but it would be a fun thing to get everyone to contribute!

Even if you could just paint one wall... or if you have one of those large corkboards or a flat space you could buy something to cover the walls and then paint if you were so inclined.

Here's pics of my room if you want some ideas. Sorry, I made these 6 years ago and my skill has improved since then ;-D









Also for my room, I strung these butterflies I found (cheap @ Michael's) from the ceiling with fishing wire to make it look like they were floating around. Even better, you could have the kids each make a butterfly or other insect of their choice, or perhaps a bird.

You could get a few houseplants, they really add to the feel.

I'm sure you can come up with more! Just a few suggestions :-D
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SarahFroggy
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2004 07:00:28 AM »

RachOfTheJungle

OMG. that room is amazing. why are you saying sorry for your skills then?...wow!!! Shocked
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artzyfartzy
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2004 07:25:16 AM »

RachOfTheJungle;

That room is DYNOMITE!!!!!!!!! I love it!  wow..ur so talented!!! I have a question - did you use all wall paint ?  All those colors?  It must of cost a fortune!!?

GREAT job!   Cheesy
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RachOfTheJungle
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2004 07:30:27 AM »

Actually, I used acryilic paints. They are inexpensive, easy to work with, don't stink, dry fast, and they cover the walls really well, and the colors stay true.

I am not sure how much I spent on paints, it's hard to say because I used some paints that I already had. 50 bucks max.

It's so fun to put murals on your walls, I reccomend it to anyone. And people LOVE it! I've done a few other murals, I should have a website up within the next few days if you guys were thinking of doing murals, I'll probably start a thread about them if you're interested.

Thanks for the compliments, you guys are making me blush :-D
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pinkclara
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2004 12:38:02 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas!!
We have big rolls of butcher paper up in the supply room...I think I'll just unroll a huge sheet one day and let the kids get messy doing a rainforest mural...I wish we could paint the walls of our classroom!
RachOfTheJungle, your room looks amazing...you don't happen to live in NYC and want to come paint big murals with my kids, right? Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2004 01:49:38 PM »

rachofthejungle, you are my best friend. lol... your room ROCKS!

Anyway, to the person that started this thread, you should totally have the kids make rainsticks. All you need is one of those long cardboard tubes. Tape cardboard at one end, and fill it with rice. If you want, you can use something to make the rice fall slower, like pressing nails into the tube. Then seal the other end of the tube. When you slowly tip it, it sounds really cool!
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Goddess
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2004 01:56:52 PM »

that room is SO COOL! pinkclara, I am hoping you can create something like that for your kids....what an awesome environment to learn it Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2004 02:31:33 PM »

http://www.abcteach.com/RainforestFacts/crafts1.htm

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