Tropical Rainforests

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11197

Ready to take a journey to a place with lots of rain but lots of cool animals and exotic plants? Do you know where the equator is? Get ready to go there and even write a letter to invite a friend too!



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Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
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Quick Query

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  • Do you want to go on an adventure?

Take a look at all the pictures below.

  • Can you guess where you will be visiting?

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In this series, Tropical Rainforests, you will go on an adventure to the many tropical rainforests found throughout the world.

During this lesson, you will learn about the climate in tropical rainforests, and where in the world you can find tropical rainforests. Let's go on an adventure!

A tropical rainforest is a biome. Biomes are regions of the earth that have similar weather, temperatures, plants, and animals. This means you can find tropical rainforests all over the planet. Read on to learn about where you can find tropical rainforests.

Tropical rainforests are usually found close to the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that is drawn around the middle of the earth. This divides the earth into a northern hemisphere and a southern hemisphere.

Tropical rainforests are found close to the equator because of the high temperatures found near the equator. Tropical rainforests are usually between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take a look at the map below to see where tropical rainforests can be found. The green section shows the locations of tropical rainforests.

  • Which continent do you think has the biggest rainforests?
  • Did you say South America?


South America has more land covered with tropical rainforests than anywhere else on the planet. Tropical rainforests can be found in North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia as well.

rainforest biome map

Image by Terpischores, via Wikimedia Commons, is licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

  • Now that you know where you can find tropical rainforests, what will the weather be like when you get there?
  • What do you think the weather will be like in a tropical rainforest (there's a hint in its name)?
  • How do you think you should dress, and what do you think you should bring on your adventure to the tropical rainforest.?
  • Did you guess that the weather in a tropical rainforest would be rainy?
  • Did you say you should remember to bring an umbrella?


One way to help you remember what the weather is like in a tropical rainforest is to remember that rain is in the word rainforest.

  • Did you know that tropical rainforests can get anywhere from 80 to 400 inches of rain per year?

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Excellent job!

Now you know where you can find tropical rainforests. You also know that tropical rainforests have a wet and humid climate. All year round, tropical rainforests are warm and rainy!

Move on to the next section to learn more about rainforests.

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