There's Life in Those Dead Logs!by: Devin Biggs, Todd Miller, and Dee Hall

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If asked to describe the natural features of forests, students might start out by mentioning familiar plants and animals such as trees, mammals, birds, and flowers. Dead trees are not likely to make the list. Although it is unspectacular in appearance, dead wood is one of the most ecologically important resources in forests.

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  • on Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:56 PM

Collecting logs in various states of decay and watching what emerges from them over the course of 6 weeks makes for a fascinating study that teaches several ecological principles and reinforces the process skills of classification and observation. Students will enjoy the hands-on nature of this authentic data-collecting exercise. This activity could be easily adapted for lower or higher grade levels depending on what you teach. This is a perfect activity for any time of year.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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