Forest Activity: Forest Layers (Grades 1-6)
Objective: After viewing teacher-bookmarked pages of the
Museumlink forest Module , including the landscape paintings, and
discussing the names and functions of the forest layers found in
these images, students will be able to draw or paint a landscape of a
forest type containing these layers and be able to identify and
describe these layers.
Time Required : 90 minute period Museumlink Web Sites:
Forest, Present Day and Recent
sketch paper (approx. 5.5 by 8.5 inches)
painting paper (12 by 18 inches)
medium for final work: crayon, oil pastel, or tempera or watercolor paint, water, brushes
Using as an example the illustration of forest layers the photograph on the forest layers page of
Museumlink Forest and landscape paintings, students will make a landscape drawing or painting that
includes in its content layers of the forest. They could sketch outside on a field trip to a forest, or use the
Web site photos or other images they secure:
* make a sketch of the forest parts they are going to draw or paint, making alterations and changes on
the sketch paper before transferring final version to final paper.
*transfer their sketch onto final paper the tree shapes (canopies and trunks) first, then the shrubs, the
ground covers and litter. Include animals that live in this habitat from information they learned from
other sources in class, choosing the placement according to the animals' correct habitats.
Assessment : Students should be able to identify and describe each layer, what kinds of plants make up
each layer, functions of each layer, and how the animals use the forest layers to survive.
Illinois Goals and Standards addressed:
Goal 12.B: Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with
their environment.
Early Elementary:12.B.1a : Describe and compare characteristics of living things in relation-
ship to their environments. 12.B.1b: Describe how living things depend on one another for
Late Elementary: 12.B.2a: Describe relationships among various organisms in their environ-
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
Goal 27.B: Understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society, and everyday life.
Early Elementary: 27.B.1 : Know how images...convey stories about people, places, and times.