Rotting Away

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PRIMARY ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE

Rotting Away

Students will review the tree life cycle and then extend their understanding to the rotting of the logs. Students will learn about the different decomposers (fungus, bacteria, invertebrates) then search for evidence of them in the garden.

Concepts: Tree Life Cycle | Fungi | Decomposition

Essential Questions

  • How can we describe the full life cycle of a tree?
  • What is the role of fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates in the trees life cycle?
  • How does a tree change through the seasons?

Standards Addressed

Focus
  • 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.

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

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Continuing the Tree’s Life Cycle

Recommended Resources

Educators

Children’s Literature

  • A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer (Provided in Lesson Kit)
  • Life in a Rotten Log by Malcom Penny
  • Who Eats What? By Patricia Lauber
  • Log Hotel by Anne Schreiber