edZOOcating: Rainforests Mini - Lesson

Rainforests are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Discover how rainforests support thousands of species! 

What Is a Rainforest?

Rainforests are large forest ecosystems that receive nearly constant rainfall! Trees in rainforests are very close together and stay green year-round. There is often thick humidity and a wide variety of plants and animals.

Though rainforests only cover 6% of the Earth’s land, they are home to roughly half of the world’s plants and animals. Rainforests are incredibly dense, often having hundreds of different organisms living in a single square mile.

Rainforests can be found in both tropical and temperate regions. Tropical regions are found near the equator and have consistently high temperate. Temperate regions are a bit further from the equator and often experience seasons. There are actually three types of forests, but rainforests can only be found in tropical or temperate forests.

Science Topics
Biology, Ecology
K-6, Middle School
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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