Rain Forest Animals Lesson Plan
- Discuss what a rain forest is. What animals are found there? What parts of the world have rain forests? Show areas on the map where rain forests are located.
- Have students choose their animal.
- Demonstrate how to draw several varieties of animals on the chalkboard suggestion: have several “how to draw animals” books on hand.
- Have students draw their animal and background in pencil. Emphasize filling in the entire sheet of paper with the animal of their choice as the center of interest.
- Discuss textures. What texture will the animal have on their body?
- Talk about backgrounds. What is found in the rain forest? Suggest adding other small animals in the background.
- Have students start with using paint for any sky, water or background.
- Have students outline specific details with a fine point black marker.
- Students should sign their masterpiece on the front away from the paper edge.
Enrichment: Have students do a research project pertaining to the animal they chose to draw. Have a class discussion about rain forest animals and their habitat.
Margaret Scully – Art Instructor @ Pinehurst, NC
- 8.5″ x 11″ white art paper
- colored pencils
- watercolor or tempera paints
- fine tip black markers
- examples of rain forest animals
- books on rain forest animals (Jungle Prints by George Rouault)
- World Map
- examples of project