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Lesson plan: Rainforest Arrangers - Identification and Classification

A pair of KS2 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.

Activity details

Tropical rainforests support the greatest diversity of living organisms on Earth. In this activity your pupils begin by discussing the conditions in a tropical rainforest and researching the characteristics of plants and animals that make it their home. 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’.

Several of the activities in these lessons 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.

Outcomes and curriculum links

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.

We've designed the lesson to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

Subject areas


To set up the lesson you will need:

  • tropical rainforest organisms framework diagram (downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page)
  • list of tropical rainforest organisms (downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page)
  • internet access, computers and a printer 
  • pencils
  • scrap paper 
  • large world map or globe
  • washing line and pegs
  • bucket of assorted pebbles and stones – a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, rock types and colours


Lesson plan: part one

Lesson plan: part two

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