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Layers of the Rainforest. There are four layers to the rainforest. Each layer has its own set of environmental conditions. Each layer also has its own set of animals, plants,

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There are four layers to the rainforest. Each

layer has its own set of environmental conditions.

Each layer also has its own set of animals, plants,

and insects that live there. Then, when having extra time, test your knowledge, you can take the practice quiz at the end. As you go through the slide show, check out the web links to learn more about rainforest layers.


Emergent Layer

Canopy Layer

Understory Layer

Forest Floor

the emergent layer
The Emergent Layer

The tallest trees are the emergents, towering as much as 200 feet above the forest floor with trunks that measure up to 16 feet around.  Most of these trees are broad-leaved, hardwood

evergreens. Sunlight is

plentiful up here.  They are

exposed to the greatest amount

of wind and rain. Animals found

are eagles, monkeys, bats,

snakes, and butterflies.

the canopy layer
The Canopy Layer

there is a lot of food such as

flowers and fruits.   Those

animals include: monkeys,

snakes, toucans, bats, ants,

parrots, hummingbirds, and


This is the primary layer of the forest and forms a roof over the two remaining layers.   Most canopy trees have smooth, oval leaves that come to a point. Many animals live in this area since

the understory layer
The Understory Layer

Little sunshine reaches this area

so the plants have to grow larger

leaves to reach the sunlight.

The plants in this area seldom

grow to 12 feet.  There are some

flowers and fruits that grow on

the trunks of the trees. Many

animals live here including

jaguars, red-eyed treefrogs,

snakes, parakeets, and

leopards.  There is the largest

concentration of insects here.

the forest floor
The Forest Floor

It's very dark down here.  Almost no plants grow in this area.  Since hardly any sun reaches the forest floor things begin to decay quickly. This causes the forest floor to be made up of

organic litter. Giant anteaters live in this layer. Insects, including

termites, cockroaches, beetles,

centipedes, millipedes,

scorpions and earthworms,

along with the fungi, use the

organic litter as a source of


other web sites
Other Web Sites

Check out these other sites to learn more about the layers

of the rainforest.

ABCTeach – Layers of the Rainforest

Tropical Rainforest Layers


Now that you have learned about the four layers of the rainforest, you can test your knowledge. Check out the coloring worksheet and the quiz.

Worksheet – Print off this worksheet. After you label the layers of the rainforest, feel free to color. The answers are provided at the end of the worksheet.

Quiz – Take this 4 question quiz about the layers of the rainforest. The answers are provided at the end of the quiz.