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Upper Elementary Science - II
3.20 Rain Forests

Rain forests are places on earth where it rains a lot. Because of all the rain, millions of plants and trees grow and a very thick forest is formed. Rain forests are home to not only plants and trees, but also millions of animals.

Rain forests have huge trees that are close to each other. Scientists have named different parts of rain forests. Each part or 'layer' houses different kinds of animals and plants.

Layers of a Rain Forest

The bottom most part of a rain forest is called the forest floor. This is the wet ground level that has fallen leaves and fruits. This layer is home to termites, scorpions, and many large animals.

The layer immediately above the forest floor is called the understory. This layer has the tree trunks and small plants. Bees, snakes, frogs, and other animals are found here.

The layer above the understory is called the canopy. This layer contains the tree tops. The leaves in the tree tops are so dense that they form a canopy or an umbrella and make a shade below them. In this layer, animals such as toucans, parrots, and monkeys live.

Some trees in the rain forests are so tall that they stand above the canopy layer. These tall trees are called emergent layer. Birds such as eagles and macaws live in this layer.

Q 1: The bottom layer of a rain forest is called ______.
the carpet
the forest floor
the canopy
the emergent layer

Q 2: The tallest trees in a rain forest really stand out and are called _______.
the forest floor
the understory
the canopy
the emergent layer

Q 3: Termites and scorpions found in _______.
the understory
the forest floor
the canopy
the emergent layer

Q 4: Eagles like to fly high up in the sky. They make their home in _____ layer.
understory
emergent
forest floor
canopy

Q 5: The leafy parts of the tree tops is called the canopy layer. Here you can find _____.
monkeys
fish
crocodiles
elephants

Q 6: The rain forest is home to _______.
nothing
only animals
many plants and animals
only plants

Q 7: The understory layer of a rain forest has ______.
tree tops
tree trunks and small plants
ground

Q 8: This layer is filled with animal life, especially insects. Many large animals also live here.
emergent
forest floor
canopy
understory

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