But over the last 40 years, this great verdant tract has been increasingly threatened by deforestation. Clearing of the forest began in the s and reached a peak in the 90s when an area the size of Spain was cleared, primarily to make space for cattle and soybean production. But the soil exposed by this clearing is only productive for a short period of time, meaning that farmers must continue to clear more land to keep their businesses viable. But this felling also has an impact on the planet as a whole because the forest also plays a critical role in cleaning the air we breathe.
The Great Kapok Tree: Children have raised thousands of dollars to protect rain forest, especially the Monteverde rain forest in Costa Rica.
But what I have found, in traveling around the country and speaking at schools and conferences, is that often teaching about the rain forest precludes hands-on teaching about living breathing ecosystems with actual forays out into the real world of nature.
I am writing this curriculum to try to remedy this. The forests and natural areas in our own back yards are in need of saving, too. They, too, are habitat for many living things. Children need open space to spend unstructured time in, to explore and to connect with the natural world.
Children can help save land in their own communities.
The most important thing teachers can do is to bring children outside, introduce them to the wonders of nature and help to connect them to the natural world. If there is even one tree, one blade of grass or one weed poking up through a crack in the playground, you can use it for these lessons.
How is a rain forest similar to the forest near your schoolyard? Both need sunlight to survive. Both use photosynthesis to turn sunlight into energy.
Both get nutrition from the earth. Both need air, water and earth in order to live. Both have different species of trees.
The Great Bear Rainforest is an incredibly complex ecosystem and a wonderful example of the interconnections within an ecosystem. Tour the Great Bear Rainforest Play . Stabilizes the earth’s climate. The carbon dioxide released into the air by animals and human beings is absorbed by plants in the rainforests. By doing this, rainforests reduce the . The Amazon in South America is the largest, most diverse tropical rainforest on Earth, covering an area of five and a half million square kilometres ( million sq mi).
Leaves in both forests are eaten by a variety of insects and have mechanisms to protect themselves from herbivorie. Both are home to many species of animals. How is a rain forest different from woodlot in your schoolyard?
Rain forest plants are green and growing year-round. Deciduous forests are dormant in the winter except for evergreens. The understory of the rain forest needs much less sunlight than northern forests.
Rainforest are are acclimated to hotter temperatures. Because rain forests grow at a faster rate and all year round, they produce more oxygen than northern forests.
The earth in rain forests is much more shallow and less nutritious than that in temperate forests. Trees in the rain forest grow much taller on average than the trees in the temperate forest however the oldest, largest and tallest trees in the world are temperate forest trees such as redwoods and sequoias.
Rain forest plants keep their leaves all year long but only some plants in the deciduous forest do. Rain forest leaves have many more kinds of toxic substances to keep from being eaten by insects.
Can your students think of more examples of how rain forests are similar and different from each other? More curriculum ideas to come!SPOTLIGHT ON TROPICAL RAIN FORESTS.
Tropical rain forests once blanketed the Earth like a wide green belt around the equator. Just a few thousand years ago rain forests covered 14 percent of the Earth’s land surface, or 5 billion acres. Autumn is an optimal time to plant trees. As mundane as it may seem compared to solar panels and hybrid cars, planting trees is one of the most powerful and affordable ways to make a personal difference for the environment.
The Amazon basin has the greatest variety of plant species on Earth and an abundance of animal life, in contrast to the scrublands that border it to the south and east. The Amazonian region includes vast areas of rainforest, widely dispersed grasslands, and mangrove A brief treatment of the.
A portion of the temperate rain forest region of North America, the largest area of temperate zone rain forests on the planet, is the Pacific temperate rain forests ecoregion which occur on west-facing coastal mountains along the Pacific coast of North America, from Kodiak Island in Alaska to northern California, and are part of the Nearctic ecozone.
The million-acre Great Bear Rainforest is part of the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. Importance. British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is part of the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. ORANGUTAN AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. The only great ape that lives on the Asian continent, the orangutan is found on the Malaysian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
Its name means “man of the forest,” and it is one of thousands of species of wildlife that live in tropical Asian forests.