Presentation on theme: "An Invitation to Visit: THE RAINFOREST Web Sites:"— Presentation transcript:
An Invitation to Visit: THE RAINFOREST Web Sites: http://www.kiddyhouse.com/rainforest http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/rainforest_support.htm http://www.toucansam.kelloggs.ca/eng/enter.htm http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/rainfor/ http://www.rainforestweb.org/Rainforest_Information/Sites_ for_Kids/ http://www.eduweb.com/amazon.html http://www.ran.org/kids_action/
A Rainforest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth and plentiful rain. The temperature in a Rainforest stays about the same all year. Rainforests are the wettest areas of land in the world, some get 32 feet of rain in one year! Rainforests are found near the equator and cover approximately 7% of the Earth’s surface. There are two types of Rainforests: Tropical and Temperate.
People in the Rainforest Indians live in the rainforest. Indian tribes in the rainforest include the Pygmies and the Yanomamo, among many others. Indigenous people are groups of people who live in the tropical rainforest. Indigenous people get their food, clothing, and housing from the materials of the forest.
People in the Rainforest: The Food They Eat They are hunters and gatherers. They grow fruits and vegetables. They hunt wild pig, tapir, deer, alligator, sloth, and monkey.
People in the Rainforest: The Clothes They Wear Men and boys wear loin cloths. Women and girls wear wrap around skirts.
People in the Rainforest: The Houses They Live In Their houses have one room and no walls.
People in the Rainforest: The Work They Do Girls: * Baby-sit, cook, fetch water Boys: * Hunt, fish, farm, weave baskets * They spend a lot of time in the jungle learning and training to be hunters. * They learn to provide for their family and the village.
What is a Rainforest? Rainforests have four layers of life. * emergent trees- small number of trees that grow taller than the canopy * canopy- top layer * understory- middle * forest floor- bottom All parts of the Rainforest work together to make sure that the Rainforest thrives. Rainforests house more that half of the world’s species of plants and animals.
Emergent Layer The uppermost layer are the emergent, the few trees that stretch around 10 meters above the canopy, acting as a shield against the heat of the sun and drying winds.
Canopy The canopy is where most of the animals and thrive because of the warm sunlight and abundant supply of food. Some animals never leave the canopy their entire lives.
Understory The rainforest understory is very hot, very damp, and the air is still. During the hottest part of the day it is very still.
The Rainforests once covered more than 14% of the earth, they now cover less than 6%. Trees in the rainforest are cut down at a rate of 2 football fields per second. Most damage to the Rainforest is permanent. Destruction of the Rainforest: The Rate
Forest Floor The rainforest floor is the lowest level of the rainforest, followed by the shrub layer, which are not inhabited by many animals. The forest floor rarely gets any sunlight, so few plants or animals can survive there. But waste that finds its way down from the upper layers is immediately broken down by the decomposers such as fungi and termites.
Destruction of the Rainforest: The Causes 3 major causes Ranching Logging Farming Techniques Bulldozing Burning Cutting
Destruction of the Rainforest: The Effects Major climate and other environmental changes Extinction of animals Landslides and rock falls More carbon dioxide released cause the green house effect