The Amazon Rainforest - Closed Captioned

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Introduce your students to the layers of the rainforest and the many animals who live there. Explore the adaptations that have evolved over time to make for a successful existence of life in the rainforest.

Video length: 18:42 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF and online

Simile Sentences

Compare and Contrast with the Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest Animal Sort Overview

Revealed in the Rainforest Writing Prompt

Rainforest Review Vocabulary Worksheet

Katydid Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer

Camouflage in the Canopy Writing Prompt

Draw a Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

Amazon Rainforest

Amazonian Art

 Create watercolor paintings inspired by the bright, vivid colors found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What does the word epiphyte mean? Think about the meaning of each word as you watch the video.


Use Playdoh or clay to create an insect or animal viewed in the video.


Art and Ecosystem

Draw a picture of one of the layers of the rainforest.

Draw a picture of the ecosystem viewed in the video.


Animal List

List as many of the many different Amazon Rainforest species as you can remember, and draw a picture of the one you like the most.


Animal and Habitat Comparisons

Compare species found in the Amazon Rainforest, Etosha National Park, coral reefs, and the Galapagos Island with animals in their everyday life.



Rainforest Food

Bring food that can be found in the Amazon Rainforest (bananas, tea, mango, pineapple, avocados, yams, etc.) and let students sample them.  Discuss how these products can impact those that live in the Amazon Rainforest as well as those that purchase from them.



Discuss ecotourism with students and talk about the pros and cons of it in regards to the Amazon Rainforest.



Create a diorama of the Rainforest.



Writing and Graphic Organizing

Create a Venn Diagram comparing the two different Leaf Mimic Katydids mentioned in the video. Research them, then write a paragraph on the similarities and differences of the two katydids.


Write a paragraph on why insects need to camouflage, why it is important. Discuss the difference between camouflage as predator and as prey.


Write a poem about one of the insects viewed in the video.  It can be different poems: Sonnet, Limerick, Haiku.



Make similes using insects.

Make metaphors using insects.


Exploring Biomes and Ecosystems

Ask students to examine the ecosystem in which they live. Do a brainstorming session in which the class comes up with all the elements of their ecosystem, and how all the elements interact. Once this is done, introduce the Amazon rainforest ecosystem.



Create a webquest on the plants and animals of the Amazon. Students will work in pairs or small groups to complete the webquest, and then present their results.

Trees in the Amazon and at Home

On the basis of what students learn about the amazingly old and tall trees of the Amazon, ask them to think of any trees around where they live or near their school. Ask them to think about the ways in which that tree is important in the ecosystem, as a home for birds, etc.

Animals of the Amazon Rainforest

Identify, sort and classify animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest (plants, insects, reptiles, etc.)

Explore Ecosystems/Food Chains

Create a diagram showing how animals and organisms rely on one another to thrive in the rainforest. 

Art and Writing

Draw a picture of your favorite insect or animal in the Rainforest. Then, write a paragraph about the insect or animal you chose and the environment it lives in.

Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video you just watched.

Rainforest in the Classroom

Turn the classroom into a rainforest and have students place their researched Amazon Rainforest species onto the design (i.e. if you have a tall rainforest tree made out of paper, students could place animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest’s trees).



Discuss how different Amazon Rainforest species camouflage themselves as well as the purpose of it. For example, is it because they are a predator or because they are prey?



Rainforest Journal

Have students write a diary or a story about traveling the Amazon Rainforest and discuss what they “saw” and experienced during their trip. 

Taxonomy and the Animal Kingdom

Have students discuss what the taxonomy system is and how it is divided into different classifications.  Then discuss the classification of the animal kingdom and how species in the Amazon Rainforest fit into it.

Biome Comparison

Compare the rainforest and another habitat.

Compare differences and similarities.

Compare the characteristics of each ecosystem.

Write a 3 paragraph paper discussing the similarities and differences of the two.


Which is your favorite insect or animal that uses camouflage and why?

Creative Writing

Write a story on what you would do if you could camouflage. What would your camouflage look like? Who would you be hiding from? Are you a predator or prey?


Use adjectives to describe the ants viewed in the video. Make a list of 10 adjectives that describe the ant, for example strong, tiny.


What was your favorite part of the video?  What was your favorite insect or animal you saw? Why?



The Animals of the Amazon

Ask students to draw 5 pictures of their favorite rainforest animal, showing the animal doing different things it needs to do to survive in its environment.

Amazon Animal Presentations

Assign individual presentations on chosen Amazon rainforest animals. For example, students could create Powerpoint presentations and perhaps recordings/video depictions of stories, as well as poems, picture collages, posters, etc.

The Amazon Rainforest in Action

In groups, students could come up with and put on plays in which they play different rainforest animals, showing ways that they can interact with each other. At the beginning of the play, students will individually introduce themselves as their chosen animal, giving the class information on its characteristics and habits.

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Definition of a rainforest

Fun facts about rainforests

Layers of the rainforest

Emergent layer & animals

Canopy & animals

Understory & animals

Forest floor & animals




Plants of the rainforest

Animals living in the Amazon river

Videos in this Series

The Amazon Rainforest: People & Threats (Grades 2-6)

The Amazon Rainforest (Grades 5-9)

The Amazon Rainforest: People & Threats (Grades 5-9)

La Selva Amazonica (Spanish)

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