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This week in Literacy we have been learning about explanation texts. We created our own by researching rainforest plants and creating explanation posters in our literacy groups. Have a look at some of our finished posters by clicking on the links below!
Since we are learning about rainforests we decided our first job was to find out exactly what one was. Here are some facts we learnt…
Rainforests are very dense, hot and humid forests and are home to millions of the earth’s plants and animals. More species are found in rainforests than any other habitat in the world.
The word rainforest was first used at the end of the 19th Century to describe forests that grow in constantly wet conditions. Today, scientists define rain forests as forests that receive more than 2,000 mm of rain evenly spread throughout the year.
• Although they cover less than 2 percent of the Earth’s total surface area, the world’s rainforests are estimated to be home to half of the Earth’s plants and animals.
• Rainforests are the “lungs of our planet”. It is estimated that more than 20 percent of Earth’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
• Because there is so much sunlight, heat and water – trees have the resources to grow to tremendous heights, and they live for hundreds, even thousands, of years.
In 2010 we embarked on our new skill-based curriculum and next year we’re going global! Join our class on our learning journey into the rainforests of the world. We hope to use this blog as a tool for learning, sharing and celebrating. Look out for our first learning posts in January 2012.
In the meantime please visit the links below to see the type of things we will be exploring.