Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Rainforest

This week we began our study on the rainforest and chimpanzees!

We had a great time making our classroom rainforest on Monday and Tuesday.

We are learning SO much!  

Did you know that the rainforest support over half of the plant and animal life on Earth, even though they only cover about 2% of the Earth's surface?!  

Approximately 1/4 of the medicines we use come from the plants of the tropical rainforests and approximately 70% of the plants from which we make medicines in the treatment of cancer can ONLY be found in the rainforest....Yet each year 27 million acres are destroyed by man.

Because of this, each year many plant and animal species become extinct, or become endangered.

The Chimpanzee is just one of hundreds of animal species now on the endangered list.


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