Importance of Natural Resources

The 2nd Grade Rainforest Assembly 2018


(audience chattering) – Welcome to the second
grade Rainforest Assembly. This morning, we will take you through the various rainforests of the world. From South and Central America, to Africa and Asia, and even Australia. – The first song that we will sing for you is called Singing In The Rainforest. The music is inspired
by the emerging canopy, the highest the story of the rainforest, where animals play
until it starts to rain. (audience clapping) (rain pattering) (thunder crashes) (“Singing in the Rainforest”
by Jill and Michael Gallina) ♪ Rain, rain won’t go away ♪ ♪ ‘Cause it rains here most every day ♪ ♪ We’re singin’ ♪ ♪ In the rainforest ♪ ♪ What a great place to be ♪ ♪ Won’t you come along with me ♪ ♪ It’s filled with features of creatures ♪ ♪ For us to see ♪ ♪ We’re singing in the rainforest ♪ ♪ Underneath the canopy ♪ ♪ Up into the tallest trees ♪ ♪ That is where we will be ♪ ♪ All four layers, we’ll explore ♪ ♪ The emergent, understory,
canopy and forest floor ♪ ♪ Monkeys, snakes, and wild birds too ♪ ♪ Are some creatures we will meet ♪ ♪ Just to name a few ♪ ♪ We’re singin’ ♪ ♪ In the rainforest ♪ ♪ That’s where we will be ♪ ♪ Exploring it from A to Z ♪ ♪ Come along now with me ♪ ♪ Rain, rain won’t go away ♪ ♪ ‘Cause it rains here ♪ ♪ Most every day ♪ (audience applause) – We will now bring you
to our annual performance of the zumba dance. We often enjoy this during break. Today’s song is La Cachumbalera, and we will show you some
traditional Cumbia dance moves such as the candle step. The Cumbia is a dance that
originate in Colombia. (audience clapping) (“La Cachumbalera” plays)
(rhythmic clapping) (audience clapping) – Our next performance is
a song called ‘Agouti.’ An agouti is a shy
rodent that lives in the wooded areas in Central and South America. We hope you enjoy learning more about this interesting animal. (audience clapping) (piano plays) ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ Agouti is a rodent that lives ♪ ♪ On the rainforest floor ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ They can swim and they
can jump and climb trees ♪ ♪ And do much, much more ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ It has sharp front teeth ♪ ♪ That can crack a nut ♪ ♪ And they have sharp hearing too ♪ ♪ A sharp sense of smell
helps them to tell ♪ ♪ Where they buried food ♪ ♪ Oh yes, it’s true ♪ ♪ Agouti fur is brown ♪ ♪ And they have a little
stump for a tail ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ Well they measure two feet long ♪ ♪ And weigh at 11 pounds on the scale ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ They’ve been known to
jump up to six feet high ♪ ♪ It can nestle on the forest floor ♪ ♪ They eat nuts and seeds
and roots and leaves ♪ ♪ ‘Cause agoutis all are herbivores ♪ ♪ Agouti, you’re a cutie ♪ ♪ Though you may not be a beauty ♪ ♪ Well at least we all can say ♪ ♪ That we learned a little
bit about agoutis today ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ ♪ Ah-ah-agouti ♪ (audience clapping) – We now invite you to
enjoy a non-fiction world of rainforest animals. Each second grader spent
the last month investigating and choosing an animal
to become an expert on. We spent time looking at books,
encyclopedias, and websites that taught us about our
animal habitat, lifestyle, predators, food, and
really interesting facts. – Our next step in the
process was writing down the information in an organized manner on different kinds of planner pages. This was a hard process
that included a lot of reading, searching, and investigating. – Next, we set to work,
looking at different non-fiction picture books, and creating our very own informative books. This requires us to look
at different writing lists to make the books interesting
and also informative. – It was a lot of writing, revising, editing, and compressing. In addition, we came up with ideas about what our illustrations would look like. So many pictures and so little space. (audience laughs) – After all this work in the classroom, we got to go to the computer
lab and work on Book Creator to design our non-fiction picture books. We will share these with you today. (audience clapping) – But before you go, please let us thank the many people that helped us design and put together today’s event. We would like to thank Ms. Twee, Mrs. Rodriguez, and Ms.
Palmer, for their help guiding us through the writing process, ensuring that we have great books to share and the zumba dance to perform. (audience clapping) – We would like to thank
Mr. Thomas and Ms. Canella for helping us learn
more about leaf birds, and helping us find new lizards. We would also like to thank Mr. Forman, for helping us to school everyday. (audience clapping) We would also like to thank Ms. Tritcher for helping us make our animal costumes. We had the chance to go
through the eureka lab and revise our ideas, so
that we could represent our animals of the rainforest. (audience clapping) – We would like to thank Ms. Rapciak for helping us with our songs. If we think of the rainforest, we’ll draw a line to our singing songs. We would like to thank Ms. McGraw for helping us in creating
our beautiful cut paper props. (audience clapping) – Lastly, this would
not have been possible without Mr. Matos, Mr.
Kinton, and Mr. O’Toole, who set up this environment to welcome you to the magical world of the rainforest, and Mr. M and Mr. Scafati
for their technical help getting this all put together. (audience clapping) – There are four stations beyond the gym. With your buddy, classes
will go to a station and one group of second graders will share their book with you. When Mr. M plays the rainforest music, we ask that you quickly move
clockwise to the next station where another group will present. You will get a chance to
hear about all of our animals and see all of our books. At the end, zumba music will play again. At this point, you can go back to class. (audience clapping) – Before you go, here is a diagram of where each buddy group to go. Please go to your first
station, sit on the floor, and get ready for an adventure. To our parents, please
stay after the zumba music so you can take pictures
and get up and tour. Second grade families are welcome to join the second grade classrooms for
a post-assembly celebration. – Boa babies are born 24 inches long. After the babies are
born, the mother leaves and the boas are left
to survive on their own. – They have a two-foot
tongue that they use to eat ants, but they eat bugs
to mash up in their snout. – When howler monkeys
howl, they can be heard from two to three miles away. Fun fact, when howler monkeys wake up, they sometimes howl for 30 minutes. – The lemur’s habitat is in
the dry Madagascar rainforest. – Ericantados are palish pink, they can grow to eight feet long. They are called ericantados
botos, and pink river dolphins. Ericantados eat river turtles, catfish, and crabs, just to name a few. Fun fact, botos eat more than
40 different kinds of fish. – Predators of the morpho butterflies are birds, toads, snakes, ants, lizards, wasps, rats, dragonflies,
and even some monkeys. – These are harpy eagle babies, they live very high in the trees. Their prey is sloths and monkeys. – Toucan’s habitat, other areas. The toucan makes a nest
in the hole of a tree or lives in the high branches. Toucans live in Central and South America. – Queztals’ colors are red,
green, white, and blue. The quetzal’s size is 35
to 38 centimeters long. Their tail is 61 to 80 centimeters long. Their weight is seven to eight ounces. – Sugar gliders can live to 15 years old, and weigh 0.19 ounces when they are born. They are 16 to 21 centimeters long. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, Australia,
Tasmania, and Indonesia. Fun fact: sugar gliders have a lot of enemies, including cats. – Anacondas grab their prey with its mouth and wraps its body around
its prey and squeezes. Anacondas have stretchy jaws. – The height of an adult ocelot is 70 through 90 centimeters
long, not including the tail. They weigh 11 through 16 kilograms. Female ocelots are smaller than males. – Jumping spiders can
jump 50 times their size and they have eight eyes. – Baby tarantulas are born in a burrow. At night a female lays hundreds of eggs. The female guards the eggs
until the spiderlings hatch. – The okapi’s body is brown. They have beautiful, zebra-like legs. They have a white and brown head. They have cute, big brown ears
that are good for hearing. They spend most of their days
eating and chewing on leaves. – Piranhas have round bodies, big heads, strong jaws, sharp teeth,
gills, a broad tail, an anal fin, pelvis fins,
a dorsal fin, and big eyes. – Fun facts, parrots are blue, red, orange, green, and yellow. Parrots come in many different colors. There are different types
of parrots, like Macaws. – A bengal tiger hunts a lot, but only 10 out of 30 hunts are successful. It’s hard for a bengal tiger to hunt. Bengal tigers are starting
to get killed by hunting, by getting poked by a porcupine, and they get weak and die by starvation. – Skull monkeys live in
the rainforest canopy. It lives in Bolivia, Venezuela, Amazon, Costa Rica, and Panama. Cool fact: a skull monkey
can jump a distance of up to eight feet, or 2.4 meters. – This is the fruit bat skeleton. The fruit bat skeleton
has very long limbs. These animals are predators
for the fruit bat. – Oncillas are ring-tailed cats. Their fur is light brown, dark brown, and its spots are black. Oncillas are hunted for
their beautiful fur. Oncillas eat lizards, bird
eggs, and small mammals. – A three-toed sloth is around 23 inches and 58 centimeters long from nose to tail. A sloth is the slowest mammal. “I am slow!” – A panther is really a black jaguar, you can only see the spots in the light. A panther eats deer, tapir, and wild boar. Its predators are humans,
hyenas, and lions. The size of an average
panther is 75 inches. Its lifespan is 12 to 15 years. Its top speed is 71 miles per hour. Its scientific name is panthera
onca, and it is a mammal. I chose this animal because
it is a cool black mammal, and it is related to a
jaguar and to a leopard. – Poison dart frogs live
on the forest floor. It is an amphibian. They are very colorful, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and black. – Jaguars have strong jaws and sharp teeth to catch their prey. Their teeth are so strong that they can cut through an animal’s skull. – This is what chimps eat. Fruit is very important
to the chimpanzee’s diet. They also eat vegetation, bark, honey, insects, and other chimps and monkeys.


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