UNDERWATER FORESTS: GIANT KELP
Tell students that kelp forests have been called the rainforests of the marine world. Ask them to share what they know about rainforests. What makes them ecologically important?
Answer: Answers will vary depending upon students' experiences and reading. Rainforests are ecologically important because of the incredible biodiversity that they shelter, much of which is still not catalogued by the scientific community.
2. All About Rainforests
Share the following websites with students and give them time to read the information.
Invite students to imagine an underwater forest. How might it compare to a rainforest? How would it be different?