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El Yunque

Rain, Rain Everywhere

Grades 4 - 6
Science, Language Arts


Starting with the El Yunque National Forest quarter and the Olympic National Park quarter, the students will access these sites’ websites to research the characteristics of tropical and temperate rain forests.  The students will use the “Proof of a Rainforest” worksheet to identify these forests’ rainforest characteristics and the “Tropical or Temperate” Venn diagram to compare them.  The students will write and illustrate a summary comparing the two forests.


El Yunque National Forest Quarter Reverse

United States Map

Proof of a Rainforest

Tropical or Temperate Venn Diagram

Olympic National Park Quarter Reverse


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Rain, Rain Everywhere

National Standards


National Science Teachers Association (

  • Life Science

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English ( and International Reading Association (

  • Demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Gather and use information for research purposes.

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