The Tropical Rainforest




Introducing the Rainforest: Planet Earth, "Jungles."

1) Location of the Worlds Rainforest

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A map showing the location of the worlds rainforests, including the temperate rainforests found on the Pacific coast of North America and Canada and New Zealand.

Task 1:


i) Describe the global distribution of Tropical Rainforest. You should mention their location in relation to the equator and the tropics, the continents they are found on and give some examples of countries with large areas of rainforest.




2) The Structure of the Rainforest


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Task 2:

Use the handout to make notes on the structure of the rainforest and the characteristics of the different layers. Use actual plant and animal names wherever possible.



Ways that animals have adapted to life in the Rainforest

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Click on the picture above to go to the BBC Nature page on the Rainforest

Task 3 : Adaptation Mini Presentation

Pick an animal or plant from the BBC Nature site and create a powerpoint presentation about it. You should include;

  • A map showing where in the world it lives

  • Which layer of the jungle it lives in

  • How it has adapted to its environment

  • Is there any threat to your chosen animal and if so, what is the nature of this threat.


You should use no more than 4 slides.You have 15 minutes to complete the task.

3) Why is the Rainforest Important?

We will be working through some of the tasks from geographypods.com Click on the link, scroll down to the section on, "Values of the Tropical Rainforest," and complete task 1.

"You will research rain forests and their values. You will complete this worksheet too. Make notes on the six factors outlined including a brief description of each."
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4) What are we doing to the Rainforest.





Stopping Deforestation: A Greenpeace video.

Remember, Greenpeace are an environmental organisation and therefore their video is likely to be one sided




However, many people rely on the exploitation of the forest to make a living. If we are to protect the tropical rainforest, we must also make sure to support the people who live and work there.


  • Why is the rainforest in danger?

  • Do you think it is important to protect the rainforest? Why?

  • What could you do to help protect the Tropical Rainforest?



5) Palm Oil and Me

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Drone footage clearer illustrates the damage that unsustainable Palm Oil production can do to the rainforest. Click on the picture to see the film.


Is Malaysia's palm oil worth the cost?

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Can Palm Oil be produced in a sustainable way?


Nutella defends its use of palm oil, deemed a 'potential health concern'

By Susan Scutti, CNN, January 13, 2017

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Palm Oil Assessment:

You are going to write an essay about the issues surrounding the production of palm oil.

The essay should be between 800 and 1000 words.


The Palm Oil booklet that you have just completed will for the basis of your essay although I expect you to do your own research as well.

This page from geographypods.com has lots of information as does this page.








6) The Tribe: The Indigenous People of the Amazon.

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