This article is part of a four-part series on Biodiversity consisting of the following articles:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Deforestation
  3. Palm Oil
  4. Conservation

Each has been taken from the Mongabay main site and adapted to meet 3rd grade educational standards. Ideally, they are to be read in the above order.

Also note that we provide remedial-reading versions for each of the four articles. These versions are designed to meet 3rd grade science standards, but 2nd grade reading standards.


Amazon Basin (n.) A region of South America, which drains the Amazon River. It contains the largest tropical rainforest in the world.
Central America (n.) An area extending from the southern border of Mexico to the northern border of Colombia. It separates the Caribbean Sea from the Pacific Ocean.
citizen (n.) An inhabitant of a particular town or city.
corridor (n.) A belt of land connecting two areas.
donation (n.) Something that is given to a charity, especially money.
gene pool (n.) All the genetic information of all individuals in a population.
generation (n.) All the people or animals born or living at about the same time.
resources (n.) A stock or supply of materials or assets that can be used by people or an organization to function properly.
similar (adj.) Resembling but not identical.