Rainforests for Kids | Learn all about the two types of rainforests

Rainforests for Kids | Learn all about the two types of rainforests

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Rainforests for Kids explores the world of these dense, wet regions of the world. There are two kinds of rainforests—temperate and tropical. Despite covering less than 3% of the earth's surface, rainforests are home to more than half the world's animal species! They are essential to life on earth because they help maintain the fresh water supply and provide oxygen to the atmosphere. The world's climate depends on rainforests!

When you compare temperate and tropical rainforests, you will find a few differences. Tropical rainforests are closer to the equator and are thus a little warmer and have more rainfall. Temperate ones are found in cooler coastal areas. You can find a rainforest in every continent except for Antarctica. The largest rainforest in the world is the Amazon rainforest. Over 20% of the earth's oxygen is produced by the vegetation there!

There are four layers to a rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor. Different animals live in different layers. Small monkeys and snakes, for instance, live at the top. At the bottom, you would find leopards, elephants, and gorillas. The video describes some interesting facts about three cool animals in particular. Keep watching to learn more!

We hope you and your student(s) enjoyed learning about these amazing forests! If you want to learn even more, head over to our website and download one of our many free lesson plans about rainforests, full of activities, worksheets, and more!


What you will learn in Rainforests for Kids:
0:00 Introduction to rainforests
0:53 Two kinds of rainforests: temperate and tropical
1:41 The Amazon rainforest is world's largest rainforest
2:22 Emergent and canopy layers
3:09 Understory and forest floor layers
4:00 What lives in a rainforest?
5:31 Humans in the rainforest
6:09 Why rainforests are important
7:26 Review of the facts

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