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This WebQuest is not really a WebQuest, but more of a quiz. Well, maybe it is a WebQuest. After all, you do have to go to Web sites on the Internet to find the answers to the questions. All the while, you are learning about what makes rainforests so special. The questions are divided into different areas. They are:

Where are tropical rainforests located?

Layers of the rainforest

Plants of the rainforest

Animals of the rainforest

 

Directions

As you read above, you will be taking a quiz on rainforests. It is interactive. You will be given several questions and some answers to choose from. If you aren't sure what the answer is to any of the questions you can click on the link next to it that looks like this:

Click here to find the answer

It will take you to a website with some information that will help figure out the correct answer. When you return to the quiz you can click on any of the answers to find out if you found the correct answer. A message will pop up telling if you if you did. DON'T CHEAT!

 

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Download the notes page (pdf) to write down what you learn as you complete the WebQuest.

 

 

 

 

 

- Where are tropical rainforests located? -

1. Where are tropical rainforests located? Click here to find the answer.
They are found in countries near the equator.
50% of tropical rainforests are found in the United States, and 50% are found in Canada.
Tropical rainforests are found only in South America.

 

2. Where is the largest rainforest? Click here to find the answer.

Africa
Florida
Central America

The Amazon in South America

 

- Bonus Question -


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The rainforest above is not located near the tropics. It is known as a temperate rainforest. Where on earth would you find a rainforest like the one above?
Click here
for the answer.

 

For more information check out these sites:

What's It Like Where You Live?

My Biosphere

 


- Layers of the Rainforest -


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3. Because the sun reaches different parts of the rainforest in different amounts, scientist divide the rainforest into ______ layers. Click here for the answer.

Two
Three
One
Four

 

Before answering question 4, 5, and 6, click here and skim the information on this site.

4. The layer of the rainforest that acts like a roof for the forest is called

the emergent layer.
the canopy layer.
the understory layer.
the forest floor.

5. Because little sunlight reaches this layer, almost no plants grow here.

the emergent layer.
the canopy layer.
the understory layer.
the forest floor.

6. The tallest trees in the forest make up this layer.

the emergent layer.
the canopy layer.
the understory layer.
the forest floor.

 


- Plants -

7. Which product doesn't come from plants in the rainforest? (No help here. Just guess--you'll be surprised!)



(nuts)

Coffee

 

8. Plants have found many ways to live in the rainforest. One of these is a vine called a LIANA. Which answer below describes how they survive in the rainforest? Click here for the answer.

They have stiff leaves that help water travel to the center of the plant.
They spread seeds in the air.
They climb the trunks of other trees in search of light.

 

 

Use the photo below for question 9.


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9. Above you see plants that are growing on the branch of a tree. They are NOT part of the tree, but actually grow separately from it. They are called epiphytes. How have epiphytes adapted to life in the rainforest? Click here for the answer.

They grow on the surface of trees in order to take advantage of sunlight in the canopy.
They have stiff leaves that help water travel to the center of the plant.
They have developed wide-spreading roots.

 

Tropical Feast


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Want to learn more about some of the food you eat that comes from tropical areas? The Missouri Botanical Garden has information on fruits, veggies, nuts, and more that come from the tropics.

 


- Animals -


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10. About how many different kinds of insects are there in the rainforest? Answer Scroll down a bit and find the question that says "Which type of rainforest species is most numerous?"



11. What percent of the world's animal species live in the rainforest? Click here for the answer.





- Questions for Discussion -

  1. What is deforestation? How does it hurt the rainforest?
  2. Why are the rainforests called the "lungs of the earth"? Why are important for this reason?
  3. How do rainforests help regulate climate on the earth?
  4. What can you do to help keep the rainforests of the world from being destroyed?

- Links -

 

 

 

 

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