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.


1. Use the text to describe a tropical rainforest. Use at least three facts.

2. The text names six reasons biodiversity is important. Name at least four.

3. Scientists studied the effects of biodiversity. Name one of the studies and describe the results of the study.

4. Take a look at the graphs picturing biodiversity. If we lost the rainforests, which make up 2 percent of our planet, what percentage of Earth’s plants and animals would we lose?

5. Use your school’s library or computers to find examples of animals which live at each level of the rainforest.