​Life in the World's
Tropical Rainforests



Many animal species live in one layer of the rainforest, but feed or sleep in others.

 1. Watch the Life in the World’s Tropical Rainforests presentation.

2. Download and print the Levels of the Rainforest Matching Game board and tiles:

In the Life in the World’s Tropical Rainforests presentation, we provided examples of animals that live at multiple layers of the rainforest for a variety of reasons. Our examples include the poison dart frog, the cock-of-the-rock bird, the capuchin monkey, and the harpy eagle.

The tufted capuchin lives primarily in the rainforest canopy but descends to the forest floor to gather nuts and seeds, especially in the dry season.

Calling on what you learned in the presentation, use the Levels of a Rainforest game board and tiles to…

Research and Explore:

  • Name 5 species that live in one layer of the rainforest, but do other things like sleep, feed, or lay eggs in other layers
  • Describe the purposes for which they use those layers and why?
  • What properties of the rainforest invite those species to make use of multiple layers?


Objective: SW identify animals that travel between rainforest layers for various survival.


SW match animals to the layer of the rainforest they live in, and what layers the animal travels to. SW describe why a given animal moves between layers (for example, the tufted capuchin travels to the forest floor for food).

Students use academic vocabulary to talk about animals, their habitats, and how they survive, specifically as it relates to moving between rainforest layers.

Beyond (connection to Activities 3 & 4): Students may independently, or with guidance and support, conduct research on an animal of interest by seeking new books, videos, or other resources with further information.


Students may need adult prompting, visual cues, or other resources to help match animals to the correct layer.

Students may need prompting or modeling from adults or peers to describe how a given layer is helpful to the survival of an animal.

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Students may work with an adult or peer to match animal pictures to an identical picture. 

Standards by Brandi Bellacicco, May 2024

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