Habitats: A Journey Through the Rainforest



Madelyn Diaz








You and your partner are yet to be discovered by scientists as one of the most incredible species of the rainforest. As luck would have it, you have developed all the necessary adaptations to survive in the rainforest. You have a keen eye that allows you to see what others might not with your telescopic and microscopic eyesight. As you continue on your journey you will meet some other interesting and sometimes dangerous creatures of the rainforest. How will you recognize if you’re safe or not? Most importantly, how will you defend yourself if you find yourself in danger? Good luck as you journey through the rainforest!




The Task


At the end of your quest you will have come in contact with five creatures that live in the different levels of the tropical rainforest. As you explore take notes of the following questions :


q       Describe the appearance of each of the inhabitants you have met in your journey. Include color, size, movement, and any special physical characteristics it may have.


q       Where exactly did you see it and was it alone?  (e.g. in a group up a tree)


q       What was it eating?  Where did it find its food?


q       How does it protect itself?


q       Final Task: Write about how you would protect yourself if contact with these creatures became dangerous. Hint: Think about what adaptations allow you to escape danger.






Typical Rainforest animals found in various regions of the world



Site of Puerto Rico’s rainforest El Yunque and contains description of its rare and unique wildlife.



This site presents interesting information on rainforest animals and includes sound effects.



This site offers information and photographs of the diverse animals found in Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest.



This site has information on the rainforest’s habitat including its bird, plants, monkeys, and nightlife.






The Process


1.      You will be working with a partner on your journey. Remember that your goal is to survive. The first thing you must do to prepare yourselves for the journey is to visit “Tropical Rainforest” and make a list of ways you can protect yourselves and each other from any danger.


2.      Now you’re prepared to start on your first encounter. Start by locating the inhabitants. You can find them in El Yunque, Australia’s Wet Tropics, or any other rainforest listed in the resources. Don’t forget to write your observations on the “Encounter in the Rainforest” chart.   


3.      You’ve been exploring for quite a while. I understand that you’re both hungry and in need of rest. How will you get your food? Where will your resting place be? Are you safe?                             


4.      You’re finally rested, well nourished, and feeling very energized. Unfortunately, you sense that there is trouble. The creatures you’ve been exploring all day long have now made you and your partner their targets. One by one they start to approach you. How will you defend yourselves? (Hint: Go back to your list of defense mechanisms you created before your journey).


5.      Scientists in years to come will discover your species and observe you just as you have observed others throughout your journey. What physical            

characteristics will they notice? How will they describe you in their logs? How will they show how it is that you have adapted to your environment to stay  a alive? Work individually to write a description of your creature. Don’t forget to include the adaptations that permit you to get food and protection. Finally, draw a picture of your creature and give it a name.





Your grade on this project depends on four factors:

1.      First, you should cooperate with your partner.

2.      Second, you must complete all charts and answer all questions.

3.      Third, individual tasks are to be done on your own.

4.      Fourth, you should present your findings together in the form of an oral presentation.











Last updated July 23, 1997.











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