Continuing the Tree’s Life Cycle

EXPLORATION

PRIMARY ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Continuing the Tree's Life Cycle

Students will learn about the life cycle of the tree and its rotting process after death.

Time

30 minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

ROTTING AWAY

 

Standards

  • S2L1b. Students will relate seasonal changes to observations of how a tree changes throughout a school year.
  • S2L1d. Students will identify fungi as living organisms.
  • S2E3a. Students will recognize the effects that occur in a specific area caused by weather, plants, animals, and/or people.

Materials

  • A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer

Procedures

 

  1. Review what students learned in the Adopt a Plant lesson about the tree life cycle.
  2. Explain to students that the tree life cycle actually continues to the death (and rotting) of the tree to feed the soil for a new tree to grow.
  3. Read “A Log’s Life” and illustrate the rest of the tree’s life cycle
Pg 1-6 Tree
Pg 7-12 Log
Pg 13-20 Rotting Log
Pg 21-24 Soil
Pg 25-26 Seedling
Pg 27-28 Tree

 

Explorations in this Collection

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Searching for Decomposers in the Garden

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Identifying Decomposers

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Singing About Decomposers

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Singing About Decomposition