Rainforest Arrangers

A pair of science lessons inspired by Eden's Rainforest Biome. The lessons encourage students to research a variety of unfamiliar rainforest organisms before discussing and grouping them based on their characteristics.

Years: 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 5

Subjects: Geography, Science

Resource Overview

They are then tasked with summarising and sharing the most important information with their classmates and then grouping the organisms as they see fit. Finally, they are presented with some new information and are given the opportunity to reassess their current groupings during a round of ‘classification bingo’.

For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by the Eden Project please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans

Resource Assets


Rainforest Arrangers Lesson Plan

These lessons enable students to: - describe various observable characteristics of different living organisms and name them. - discuss and categorise living organisms into broad groups based on physical characteristics. - justify their classification decisions.


Rainforest Arrangers framework diagram

These resources are designed to promote group discussion and exploratory talk. Research has shown that thinking is encouraged when pupils talk about science and that this can lead to better reasoning and scientific understanding.


Rainforest Arrange - tropical rainforest organisms

Great for 'researching the rainforest'

Curriculum Objectives

  • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
    • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
    • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.