Sunday, November 29, 2009

Rain Forest Connecticut?

Recently, Mrs. Yollis' class traveled over 3,000 miles to a newly discovered tropical rain forest.

They met with several knowledgeable guides who shared about

the flora (plants of a particular area)
fauna (animals of a particular area).

Okay, it wasn't a real rain forest... Mr. Salsich [Mr. Sal sic'] and his class created it.
Oh fine, we weren't really in Connecticut...we had a virtual tour via Skype from California.

However, it really was fabulous!

Here are some photos of the Skype tour! Mr. Salsich's class is full of experts!

Many students took notes and drew pictures to help with their learning.

Visit the tropical rain forest yourself!

Please be sure to leave a comment for Mr. Salsich's students.

What did you learn?

Which animal or plant was your favorite and why?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Thank you so much for writing a blog post about our rainforest! We had a lot of fun learning all the information and then making the forest.

    And it was great to share our learning with our blogging buddies! The second Skype call we did was during our recess, but the students were so excited to share it with you that they volunteered to stay in! It will be exciting to do more Skype calls when we can talk a little more.

    I lived in Belize for 18 months, so it was fun for me to make the forest and remember all the amazing things I saw when I lived there. I never saw a harpy eagle though, so that was extra exciting to learn about.

    Thanks again!
    Your blogging buddy,
    Mr. Salsich

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What I learned is that there are tropical rain forest and temperate rain forest. Tropical rain forest are really dry and damp. Temperate rain forest are warm and not hot like tropical rain forest. My favorite plant is the bromiliad because it has no roots,a mini pool type of thing, and poison dart frog lay its eggs in the mini pool. My favorite animal in the rain forest is the saki [soke]. I like the saki because it looks hilarious and like monkeys. I enjoy monkeys. The saki is wierd and does wierd things that no other living things do. Have you ever seen a saki?

    Your student,

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was really awesome that we took the tour from Skype. I have Skype on my computer too. I only talk on Skype with my friends and my family.

    My favorite part of the tour was seeing the red eye tree frog pretend to be poisonous.


  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I never knew there could be so much to learn about the rain forest. It is very surprising that animals can do all the facts I learned. For example, I had never known that a tarantula can eat a bird and has eight eyes. Now if I am ever in a rain forest I would know when there is a poison dart frog and know not to touch it.


  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved having the skype tour with Mr. Salsich. My favorite part of the tour was learning that the harpy eagle had a six foot wingspan, and the spider monkey had no thumb and it helped them jump from tree to tree.

    Your student,

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was really fun skyping with Mr. Salsich and his class. I learned a lot of facts. For example, I learned that fruit bats have an excellent sense of smell, and spider monkeys have strong tails. I also enjoyed writing a comment to Mr. Salsich and his class too!

    Your commenting buddy,

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I really enjoyed the Skype tour with Mr. Salsich.
    My favorite animal was the howler monkey.
    I also liked the green iguana. I think they feel so strange when you touch them.
    Your friend,

  8. Mrs. Yollis class
    Your class blog has so many cool pitures!I like the one with the lizerd, it looks a little fale!
    (a kid in china in Team Toa

  9. You have so many cool pictures on your class blog. I rely like the lizerd!
    (A kid in china/Team Toa)

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My fact is that a female saki has a red face and a male has a green face. I've seen a saki in captivity at San Diego Zoo , and I knew it was a female because it had a red face which looked like a tamatoe.Sakis are'nt endanjerd because it lives high in the canopy. I've studied the rainforest when I was in 2 grade.

    Your student,

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What I learned is that a howler monkey is the loudest mammal in the world, and I also learned that the sloth is the slowest mammal in the world.

    My favorite part about the rain forest is the jaguar which is a big cat, and it can roar. Unlike cats, jaguars like to swim. They are fantastic climbers too with thier sharp claws.

    Your student,

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    I received your donation to our rainforest fund-raiser this weekend. Thank you for your great generosity! We have raised over $200 to help support a nature preserve in southern Belize.

    I think it is very important to protect these amazing habitats and the beautiful animals that live there like howler monkeys, kinkajous, and poison dart frogs. You have helped to make a difference! You should feel proud.

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich


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