Systems Tropical Rainforests What are tropical rainforests like?
Starter Watch the movie to learn some fantastic facts about tropical rainforests. Read the layers of the rainforest article.
Layers of the rainforest <ul><li>Read the layers of the rainforest article. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut out the cards on the voc...
Layers of the Rainforest
Emergent trees Canopy Small trees Shrubs Undergrowth 50m 0m liana saprophytes buttress roots Layers of the rainforest
Simplified food chain in the Amazon Who eats whom in the rainforest? Leaves Fruit Nuts Porcupine Parrots Termites Jaguar F...
The red, tropical soil is naturally infertile.   Soil How does so much vegetation grow if the soil is infertile? BUT…
Nutrient cycle
Nutrient Cycle Twigs and leaves fall to the ground and become ‘litter’ Decomposition (breaking down) of litter by termites...
Broken Nutrient Cycle Fill in the gaps Less vegetation Deforestation
Watch the video with Ray Mears climbing up through the layers of the rainforest. This will be used as stimulus for your ho...
Write a piece of creative writing about climbing through the layers of the Rainforest.  Homework
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  1. 1. Systems Tropical Rainforests What are tropical rainforests like?
  2. 2. Starter Watch the movie to learn some fantastic facts about tropical rainforests. Read the layers of the rainforest article.
  3. 3. Layers of the rainforest <ul><li>Read the layers of the rainforest article. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut out the cards on the vocabulary worksheet and match the term with the definition. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Layers of the Rainforest
  5. 5. Emergent trees Canopy Small trees Shrubs Undergrowth 50m 0m liana saprophytes buttress roots Layers of the rainforest
  6. 6. Simplified food chain in the Amazon Who eats whom in the rainforest? Leaves Fruit Nuts Porcupine Parrots Termites Jaguar Flowers Berries Decay
  7. 7. The red, tropical soil is naturally infertile. Soil How does so much vegetation grow if the soil is infertile? BUT…
  8. 8. Nutrient cycle
  9. 9. Nutrient Cycle Twigs and leaves fall to the ground and become ‘litter’ Decomposition (breaking down) of litter by termites, fungi and bacteria Nutrients enter the soil Soil is fertile Dense vegetation So what happens if we cut down the trees?
  10. 10. Broken Nutrient Cycle Fill in the gaps Less vegetation Deforestation
  11. 11. Watch the video with Ray Mears climbing up through the layers of the rainforest. This will be used as stimulus for your homework. Plenary
  12. 12. Write a piece of creative writing about climbing through the layers of the Rainforest. Homework

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