Touring the Amazon at May Moore’s Simulated Rainforest


After studying the ecology and importance of rainforests, Pam Arcuri’s first-graders at May Moore turned their classroom into a simulated Amazon rainforest and invited families in to take an educational tour.

Some of the children served as tour guides, while others were organized in groups around the classroom where they presented information on topics including general rainforest information, plants and animals that live in the Amazon, the importance of rainforests to the earth, and the dangers that rainforests are facing.  The student groups created project boards, and each student prepared information to present to the visitors.

The project also encouraged helping to save the rainforests, with laptops set up to enable visitors to sign petitions. Arcuri also collected $50 in donations for the World Wildlife Fund.