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Activity

Temperate rainforest plant features

Summary: 
Compare our temperate rainforest plants to those in a tropical rainforest, and find features they have in common.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Materials: 
  • temperate rainforest to walk in
  • clipboards and worksheet
Procedure: 

We live in a rainforest. What are differences between our rainforest and tropical?
Look for plants that have similar features to tropical rainforest plants, using the worksheet:

Find canopy, understory and forest floor layers
Find living things of the forest floor: ferns, fungi, mosses (not all plants)
Vines
Drip tips
Epiphytes
Evergreen trees (conifer instead of broadleaf)

Discussion:
Review what they have found. Talk about how the soil is different between tropical and temperate rainforests: temperate rich compared to tropical rain forests (colder and more acidity from coniferous needles, so decomposition is much slower, and more of the nutrients are found in the soil).

Grades taught: 
Gr 4
Teacher: 
Robin Parr
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary