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Forest Ecosystems

Standard 3a Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components.

Standard 3b Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.



1. What is a forest?

There are different kinds of forests: temperate rainforests, tropical rainforests, coniferous forests, and deciduous forests.  Forests have medium to heavy rainfall, so there are a lot of different plants and animals that live in forests. 


2. Tropical Rainforests

Tropical rainforest - This forest is found along the equator, so the weather is warm all year.  Rainforests have up to 90 inches of rain a year and it usually rains every day.

1. Click here for a tropical rainforest food web

2. Click here for more info about tropical rainforests


3. Temperate Rainforests

Temperate rainforest - This is the kind of forest we have in Northern California.  Like a tropical rainforest it gets a lot of rain throughout the year, 60 - 200 inches, but since it is not along the equator it is cold during the winter and has warm summers. 


1. Click here for a temperate rainforest food web

2. Click here for more info about temperate rainforests



4. Deciduous Forests

Deciduous forest scene Deciduous Forest - This forest has cold winters and mild summers with a moderate amount of rain and snow, 30 - 60 inches.  Trees lose their leaves in winter.


1. Click here for a deciduous forest food web

2. Click here for more information about deciduous forests


4. 5. Coniferous Forests

a stand of pines with snow Coniferous Forest - This is the coldest and the driest of all the forests.  It has mild summers and long very cold winters.  It only gets 12 - 33 inches of rain and snow during the year.


1. Click here for a coniferous forest food web

2.Click here for more information about coniferous forests

Here is a brainpop movie about the taiga


6. Now try this

Click here to make a forest food web

Click here to make a food chain BBC Habitates

Biomes of the World

Animal Activities


Magic Schoolbus Habitat Match Up

National Geographic forest Habitat