Cammie & Cooper
Teacher's Guide Grades
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You can have fun across the
curriculum with Saving the Rain Forest With Cammie and Cooper. Use the book to
kick off a special unit about the rain forest, to inspire creative writing, to expand
vocabulary, or to discuss what is real and what is imaginary.
Read the book aloud or have
children read it.
Glossary: Rain Forest Words
rain forest - a forest of trees that gets at least 100 inches of rain in
tropical - the area that is about 1500 miles on either side of the
equator all the way around the Earth.
Look at a globe and find the equator. Wrap a two-inch-wide
strip of green paper around the globe right over the equator. That’s where the
tropical rain forests are — except, of course, they are not in any ocean.
skyscraper - a very tall building. Some of the trees in the rain forest
are as tall as a 20-story building.
extinct - all of a certain kind of animal or plant, which are no longer
living and no longer exist on Earth.
guide - a person who leads others on a trip and shows them the
fig - a sweet fruit shaped like a small pear. The figs on a strangler
fig tree are very little but so sweet that lots of birds and animals love to eat them.
Can you draw a
picture or write a sentence with one or more of the words in the list above?
Glossary: Noisy Synonyms
talkative - talking a lot, liking to talk.
squawked - made a loud, harsh cry. Chickens and parrots are two animals
screeched - made a harsh, high cry. When a driver jams on the brakes,
the tires screech.
shrieked - made a loud, sharp cry. A person might shriek if he is
surprised by something that scares him.
screamed - made a loud, shrill cry. Many people scream when they ride a
shouted - made a loud cry or call.
roared - made a loud, deep, rumbling sound. Lions roar.
howled - made a long, wailing cry. Dogs and wolves are two animals that
Synonyms are words that mean almost the same
thing. Are there any synonyms in the list of words above? You might test the words by
using your voice. When you are talkative, does it sound the same as when you roar? Does
a shriek sound like a scream? (Sorry, teachers. This sounds like fun to me as I sit in
my quiet office....)
Glossary: Cutting Down the Rain Forest
clearing - a piece of land that has been cleared of all trees.
foreman - a person in charge of a group of workers.
crew - a group of people working together.
bulldozer - a tractor with a large blade like a shovel in front.
chain saw - a power saw that cuts with teeth moving on an endless chain
Can you find a picture of a clearing,
a foreman, his crew, a bulldozer, and a chain saw on two side-by-side pages in the book?
Choose one or more of the words above and draw your own picture. Add labels or write a
sentence about your picture.
Glossary: Words to Act Out
swirled - moved with a twisting, curving motion; whirled
plopping - dropping down heavily.
yawned - opened her mouth wide and breathed deeply because she
was getting sleepy.
fluffing - shaking to make something soft and fluffy.
swirl around? Can you plop down on a chair or plop down on the floor? Can you yawn? Can
you fluff your feathers? What, you have no feathers? Can you fluff your hair or
fluff your shirt?
(The yellow feathers on his shoulders
look like a sunflower.)
Look closely at one of the
illustrations of Sunflower the parrot. Can you figure out why he is called Sunflower?
1. What is one thing
that Mr. Patterson told his students about the rain forest?
(It is always summer. There is lots of rain.
The trees are tall. Millions of animals live there.)
Would you like to go to a
rain forest? Why or why not?
2. What did Cammie learn about the rain
forest that made her sad?
(People are cutting down the rain forest and the animals are losing
Some of them even become extinct.)
Dinosaurs are extinct.
Are there any dinosaurs left on Earth? What if elephants became extinct? Would there be
any elephants left on Earth?
3. What did Cammie and Cooper wish they could
wished they could go to the rain forest and tell people to stop cutting it down.)
Have you ever
made a wish? What did you wish?
4. Suddenly Cammie and Cooper found
themselves in a boat in the rain forest. How
do you think they got there?
(As in many fairy tales,
their wish was granted in a magical way. Sunflower was their magical guide to the rain
Real and Imaginary
Look at the page with Cammie
and Cooper swirling through the air with Sunflower. Can you find feathers on the page?
Can you find butterflies and flowers? This is the point when the story moves from what
could be real to an imaginary adventure. Draw a magical picture of Cammie and Cooper
"swirling" to the rain forest.
- When does the story come
back to what is real? (When Cammie and Cooper are suddenly home again.)
5. Read about the adventures
that Cammie and Cooper have in the rain forest with rain forest animals. Which is your
Make up a new
adventure with a rain forest animal that isn’t in this book. (Jaguar, boa constrictor, toucan,
tapir, paca, spider monkey, ocelot.) Draw a picture and write a sentence about what Cammie and Cooper do
with the animal.
6. When Cammie talks to the
foreman, what reasons does she give him for not cutting down the rain forest? (We need
the trees, and without them, the animals lose their homes.) Did the foreman understand
and agree with her? (Yes, when the foreman said, “OH,” he suddenly understood and
immediately told his crew why they should stop cutting down the forest.)
7. Mr. Patterson tells Cammie
that when enough people want to save the rain forest, we will find a way to do it. Do
you think that reading and learning about rain forests will help us save the forests?
(One answer could be: Yes, because the more we know about rain forests, the more we will
care about them.)
Print the Cammie and Cooper paper dolls provided. Paper dolls
children color the paper dolls and accessories. If young children can’t cut them out,
ask parent volunteers to cut them out.
2. Staple each paper doll to
a wooden tongue depressor to make a stick puppet. Staple any of the accessory pieces,
such as the crocodile, to tongue depressors, too, to make additional puppets.
3. Divide your class into
small groups. Give each group a set of stick puppets. Ask each group to make up a story
about Cammie and Cooper in the rain forest. Then have each group present its story as a
puppet show. Play a tape of rainforest sounds for background.
Print copies of the
Cammie and Cooper coloring pages provided. Coloring pages
children color one of the coloring pages. Ask children to write a sentence or sentences
to describe what Cammie and Cooper are doing.
2. Cammie and Cooper really
care about our environment. Have children write a new story about Cammie and Cooper and
Sunflower taking on a different environmental problem, such as littering, throwing away
too much garbage and filling up landfills, polluting our air and water, oil spills, etc.
3. Have children create a
rain forest mural on a long sheet of paper. Or have them make stuffed paper animals to
distribute around the classroom. Staple two drawings of a rain forest animal together.
As you staple, stuff the animal with crumpled tissue paper. Add rain forest posters and
books to your classroom rain forest.
1. Make a rain forest in your
classroom. Build your rain forest in a small reading corner, or convert your entire
classroom into a rain forest. Make tree trunks by covering carpet rolls with brown
paper; add big green paper leaves. Twist brown butcher paper into vines. Add paper
leaves and flowers and butterflies.
2. Ask children to bring in
stuffed toy animals, tropical house plants, or even tropical pets, such as parrots,
iguanas, or tarantulas.
3. Have children find out
more about the animals in Saving the Rain Forest with Cammie and Cooper.
(Parrot, crocodile, poison arrow frog, howler monkey, sloth, leaf-cutter ants,
coati.) Help them find
out about other rain forest animals.
4. Read about how children
can help save the rain forest on the last page of Saving the Rain Forest with Cammie and
5. Make paper butterflies
with clothes pin bodies and pipe cleaner antennae.
6. Print the Cammie and
Cooper bookmarks provided.
7. Have children color the
bookmarks. Then have them make their own “Save the Rain Forest” bookmarks.
1. Use the pattern provided to
make a paper bromeliad (a rain forest plant) with a poison-arrow frog.
2. Make big paper flowers and
mount them on florist sticks for your classroom rain forest or tape them to paper vines.
Play a recording of rain forest
sounds in your classroom rain forest. Recordings are often available in nature
stores, gift shops, and music stores.
We hope you have fun with our book,
Saving the Rain Forest with Cammie and Cooper. Thanks for reading it and using it
in your classroom.
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