Temperate Deciduous Forests

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11269

Do you rake leaves in the fall? Maybe you live in a temperate deciduous forest! The beauty of changing trees would be a hint. Begin creating a book as you learn about this common but colorful biome!



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  • Do you know where temperate deciduous forests are found on earth?

Temperate deciduous forests are found in many different regions of the earth.

Look at the map below:

Temperate Forest Map

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

  • What continents are covered in green?

Most temperate deciduous forests are found in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

The climate in temperate deciduous forests is always changing! It has four seasons.

  • Can you guess what the seasons are?

Yes, fall, winter, spring, and summer! Fantastic! Temperate deciduous forests have four seasons every year!

  • How does the weather changes from season to season?

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In the fall (autumn), the temperatures get cooler and the days start to get shorter. The leaves on the trees change colors in the fall.

When winter comes, all the leaves have already fallen from the trees. In the winter, it gets darker earlier and the temperatures get colder. During this time of year, the temperate deciduous forests usually get snow!

After winter, spring comes. Spring brings warmer temperatures, blooming plants, and longer days. This time of year also gets lots of rain showers.

After spring comes summer. During the summer, plants have bloomed and the temperatures get much hotter! These four seasons repeat every year.

Every year, temperate deciduous forests get an average of 30 to 60 inches of rain. The amount of rainfall makes it a great place for plants to thrive nearly all year round!

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Say out loud one fact you learned about temperate deciduous forests. Then, move on to the next section.

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