Changes in the Forest
Step 1. Questions
The United States has about 747 million acres of forests. You may think forests are peaceful and quiet places. But there's quite a lot of activity in forests!
Write a summary that explains all that happens in a forest during the year. Research how seasons and climate changes affect forests. Here are some questions to guide your research:
How do changes in temperature, sunlight, and precipitation affect forests?
What happens to trees at different times of the year?
How do scientists keep track of these changes?
How do climate changes affect photosynthesis?
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the Web sites listed in Step 2. Look for answers to the questions above, and write down what you learned in the note-taking boxes.
You may use search engines to research other Web sites. Or research forests and photosynthesis at the library. When you have finished, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your report.
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!
to learn how to decide which Web sites are reliable sources of information.
New England Forest Ecology
Do you know why scientists study carbon cycles? Read all about photosynthesis in New England forests at this site from the Woods Hole Research Center.
Biomes: Deciduous Forest
This Web page discusses the changing climate in a forest. You will learn how these changes affect trees. Click HOW TO READ A CLIMOGRAPH to learn how to read the chart. The page is part of an educational Web site provided by Wheeling Jesuit University.
Global Climate Change
Did you know that climate change can affect photosynthesis? This Web page, also from Wheeling Jesuit University, explains the connection between global climate change and plant growth. Some of the information is difficult, so just focus on the main idea and most important facts.