Enter the Rainforest
Denizens of the Rainforest Floor
Today, you'll want to put your rainboots on and grab your flashlight! We're delving deep into the dark, damp layers of the rainforest floor and understory, where sunlight is limited and rain is plentiful. We'll learn about (and avoid running into!) an animal that's as tiny as a bottle cap but powerful enough to kill 10 humans, spiders big enough to eat birds, and a lot more.
Ask About Today
What rainforest products did you find in our home? What layer of the rainforest would they be found in?
Imagine having the poison of a dart frog, but rather than kill, a dose of it could change something about a person. What would your "poison" do?
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Check out this beautiful video from National Geographic to get a quick refresher on rainforests and why they're so important to protect.
This goliath bird-eating spider is a predator to many insects and small animals on the forest floor. But it also has predators of its own!
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Poison Dart Frogs
Follow the Jaguar's Path
When night falls, these stealthy cats prowl the rainforest floor. Learn all about them, and how scientists are working to protect their future.
Gorillas Don't Want to Grow Up
In this video from BBC Earth, you'll learn about silverback gorillas and meet one teenage gorilla who still can't resist playing with his younger siblings.
Grab some paper and drawing utensils. Today we'll be following along with this father-son and -daughter duo as they teach us how to draw some awesome rainforest animals and make an origami snake.
Draw a Jaguar
Fun fact: While you may think of jaguars padding softly through the shadows of the forest floor, they are also excellent swimmers who hunt fish, turtles, and even caimans—a type of crocodile.
Draw a Tarantula
The goliath bird-eating spider is the largest tarantula in the world. Not even a jaguar would want to tangle with one of these.
Fold Up a Boa Constrictor
Rainforest Treasure Hunt
There's a rainforest in your house! (Well, kinda). Use this checklist and walk around your home to see for yourself what products you use from the rainforest, everyday. Try and keep track of things you use on a daily basis.