English Reading Task – Monday 23rd March 2020
Good morning Year 4,
Take your time to read carefully the text below:
All about tropical forests
Tropical forests grow near the equator in South America, Africa and Asia. There are also small areas of tropical forests in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Tropical forests grow in areas where the climate is hot and wet. Temperatures are usually between 20 degrees centigrade and 28 degrees centigrade. It rains almost every day and there are usually thunderstorms in the afternoons.
There are usually four layers of plants, all fighting to get to the light.
1. The forest floor is the lowest layer. It gets little sunlight so it is quite dark and gloomy. The floor is covered with mosses, fungi, ferns and rotten leaves.
2. The understorey is the next layer. Small trees, such as palms and young trees, sprout up in the gaps on the forest floor.
3. The canopy above the understorey is a mass of treetops that form a roof over the forest floor and trap warm air and most of the water from rain.
4. The emergent layer is the highest layer. A few very tall trees have their tops here.
On the forest floor you can see animals such as coatis, capybaras, jaguars and ‘cock of the rock.’ Coatis have long snouts for searching out grubs and insects. Jaguars are the largest cats in the tropical forest and ‘cock of the rock’ is a brightly coloured bird, which eats insects and berries.
The understorey is home to cats called ocelots and margays and also lizards anteaters, fruit bats and tarantulas. Tarantula spiders can grow to 26cm (10 inches) across. They eat other spiders, insects, frogs, small lizards and even birds.
The canopy is full of life. Creatures such as toucans, sloths, parrots, tamanduas, capuchin and woolly monkeys, snakes and macaws live here. The three-toes sloth hangs upside down on the branches of trees, using its powerful claws as hooks.
The emergent layer is home to spider and howler monkeys, opossums, the harpy eagle, hummingbirds and iguanas. Howler monkeys are the nosiest animals in the tropical forest.
Now write down the answers to these questions in full sentences. Add your answers in your reply on the blog.
1. Tropical forests grow principally in South America, Africa and Asia. Where else can small areas be found? (1 Mark)
2. Tropical forests flourish in hot, wet climates. How wet and how hot? (1 Mark)
3. If you walked through a rainforest, you would find that it was very dark, even in the middle of the day. Why is this? (1 Mark)
4. What grows on the lowest level of a rainforest? (1 Mark)
5. What is meant by ‘canopy’ in the passage? (1 Mark)
19 thoughts on “English Reading Task – Monday 23rd March 2020”
1. the small areas are Australia,New Zeland and the Caribean.
2. Tempritures are usally between 20 to 28 degrees and rain is most days and thunder storms in the aftanoon.
3. the lowest layer gets little sunlight that is why it is so dark and gloomy.
4. the things that grow in the lowest level is mosses,fungi,ferns and rotten leaves.
5.the uper most layer with branches and twigs.
Great responses Brooke, well done for remembering to write in full sentences. Time to take a break.
1. They are also in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
2.The hot temperature is 28 degrees and the cold temperature is 20 degrees.
3.If I was to walk to a rainforest it would be dark because it rains every day.
4.The plants that grows of the forest floor is mosses, fungi, ferns and rotten leaves.
5.The meaning of canopy is that it is not on the floor so it is near the top bit.
Well done for using the text to respond to your questions Bella. Top bit of the where? I am intrigued.
1. there are also small areas of tropical forests in Australia new Zealand and Caribbean.
2. Temperatures are normally between 20 and 28 degrees and it rains most days.
3. It is because of the bottom layer, where there is little sunlight.
4. In the bottom layer there is mosses,fungi,ferns and rotten leaves.
5. It is a layer at the top of the forest.
Great responses Samuel. Enjoy Maths
Thank you for answering in full sentences Samuel
1. There are also small areas of tropical forests in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
2. Temperatures are usually between 20 degrees centigrade and 28 degrees centigrade.
3. There are usually four layers of plants all fighting to get the light.
4. The forest floor is the lowest layer and has moss and fungi.
5. It is a layer at the top of the forest.
Well done Maisie
1.Tropical forests grow in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean as well.
2.It usually gets around 20 to 28 degrees and rains almost every day.
3.Yes it would be dark as the canopy and emergent layers are blocking most of the sun.
4.You would find rotting leaves, fungi, mosses and ferns.
5.As some trees height can`t go further
Great job Owen. Enjoy your maths challenge.
1. Australia, new Zealand and Caribbean
2.that is correct
4.Yes it is
Thanks for completing the task Kristers. Take a break
1) Australia, New Zealand and Caribbean.
2) Rains almost all time. Temperature between 20- 28 degrees centigrade.
3)The layers of plants block the sunlight.
4) Rotten leaves, fungi, mosses, ferns.
5)They are mass of treetops that form a roof over the forest floor.
Great job Damian. Thank you
1. The small areas of tropical forests are in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
2. They need between 20 to 28 degrees, climate is hot and wet.
3. That’s because the big tree leaves cover the sunlight.
4. Mosses,fungi,ferns and rotten leaves cover the lowest levels.
5. The canopy is a mass of treetops that form a roof over the forest floor.
Well done Alex!
1. They can also grow in Australia and New-Zeeland
2. Very wet and a little bit hot
3. It is dark in day because there is a lot of trees in the rain forest
4. Moss, fugi, fern
5. Canopy means it means the roof of the rain forest
Good understanding Timur. Remember full sentences