Temperate Forest Biome
for Young Children
By Monica Greenberg
The following activities are designed to complement the Temperate
Forest Biome field trip. Many of the activities make use of additional
internet resources, supplemental materials, and a variety of software
programs. There are activity suggestions for all curriculum areas.
Activities can be completed as a whole group or in learning centers.
Make a Forest ABC Book
- Brainstorm with your students an alphabetized list of words
relating to the deciduous forest.
- Assign children to be the authors/illustrators of specific pages.
- Pages can be completed in one of two ways. The first method
would be to use paper and crayons, or any other art medium. The
second way would be to use Kid Pix software and have students
design their page with this program. Pictures could be printed
out and saved, and/or placed into the slide show application to
a multimedia presentation.
- Use the steps of the writing
process when completing the page.
- Bind the completed pages together with a Table of Contents,
Dedication, and About the Authors/Illustrators pages.
- Proudly display your collaborative book in your school library
Make a K-W-L
chart as you and your students travel through the forest tour.
Make a poster encouraging responsible behavior in the forest.
Brainstorm with the class appropriate behavior and safety precautions
while visiting the forest. Pair up children and have them illustrate
one of the collaborative responses. Partners then write and edit
1 – 2 sentences to accompany their poster. When their sentences
are ready to be published they can use pencil first and then black
marker to write their sentences on their poster. Or, sentences can
be written on sentence strips and attached to the poster. Display
the posters throughout the school.
Write collaborative acrostic poetry using terms relating to
An excellent resource for this activity is the book titled, Autumn:
An Alphabet Acrostic, by Steven Schnur. Write completed poems
on large sheets of poster board and illustrate. Or, write each phrase
of the poem on a sentence strip and affix the strips to the poster
board. A software suggestion is to use Microsoft Publisher to type
up the poems and then print the poem out in poster size.
Put on a simple classroom play.
The following two books lend themselves well to dramatic activities.
With simple props, a narrator, and characters the story can be acted
out and retold.
Mushroom In The Rain, by Mirra Ginsburg
I use an old sheet for the mushroom and let children decide which
animal they want to be. I read the story while the children act
it out. I do this over several days so everyone gets a part.
In a Cabin, In a Wood, adapted by Darcie McNally
This book is an adaptation of the song. By turning a table onto
it’s side (the cabin) and assigning parts, the story is sung while
the children become the actors.
Discover My World: Forest, by Ron Hirschi
Rookie Read About Science: Our Living Forests, by Allan
DK Look Closer: Forest Life, by Barbara Taylor
How The Forest Grew, by William Jaspersohn
A Tree Is Growing, by Arthur Dorros
The Mushroom Hunt, by Simon Frazer
Create a clustering
diagram about a forest animal.
The field trip presented information about the raccoon and the
bear cub. Use this graphic organizer for an in depth study of these
animals, or pick one of your own.
Use a venn
diagram to discuss similarities and differences between the
forest biome and the biome in which your students live.
Create Temperate Forest Biome Facts booklets.
- Generate a list of facts with your students regarding the forest
- Allow students to individually choose 5 facts, or think of their
- Students will write each fact on one page of their booklets
and add illustrations.
- **This project could also be done using Kid Pix software and
each child could create their own slide show.
Create a leaf identification book.
Affix real leaves from deciduous trees (or trace leaves from appropriate
library books) onto 6" x 9" paper. Children label the name of the
tree from which the leaf comes on each page. Stack the pages, create
a book cover, punch two holes in the top edge of each page and tie
Invite a forestry worker to visit your class. Prepare a
list of interview questions with your students before the visit.
Go on a field trip to any park with deciduous trees. Sometimes
zoos have habitat areas available for touring also.
Locate and label the deciduous forests on a USA/World map.
Then visit this site and find some e-mail pals from those regions
and ask what life is like in their biome.
Create a neighborhood deciduous trees graph. Ask each child to
walk through their neighborhood and count all the deciduous trees.
Collect the information at school and graph on large chart paper.
Add a title and text to the graph.
**Great software for this project is The Graph Club, by
Sort and classify leaves. Ask each child to bring to school a collection
of leaves dropped from trees. Discuss and sort by attributes, color,
shape, size, texture; ask more/less questions; do addition/subtraction
problems with the leaves.
Create a large collaborative mural of the temperate forest biome.
Use a variety of art materials and recycled materials to create
a 3-D effect. Include labels and information on the mural.
Gather materials from the park or forest and complete a nature
Create a Deciduous Trees Paper Quilt
- Give each child a 10 x 10" paper square.
- Students use an art medium to create a tree and label they tree
- Attach all of the tree squares together to make one giant wall
- Use adding machine tape for the border around the paper squares.
- Students make repeating leaf print patterns along the paper
- Students label their pattern around the quilt so it reads –
Make a leaf mobile.
Collect deciduous leaves and flatten between a stack of books for
several days. Place the flattened leaves between two layers of wax
paper and iron. Cut around the "laminated" leaves, punch a hole,
and string the leaves onto yarn. Hang the mobile from the ceiling
or across the windows, or as a change across the room.
Do a leaf rubbing.
Arrange leaves on a table "bumpy" side up. Tape the leaves to the
table so they do not move around. Lay a thin paper onto of the leaves
and rub gently with the side of a crayon. Use different colored
crayons for a fall season look.
Create a shoebox diorama of a scene in the forest.
Use paper, clay, plastic animals, etc. Students can then work through
the writing process , learning about paragraph
formation, as they write a description of their forest scenes.