Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Log's Life

A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer is a creatively illustrated picture book rich in descriptive language about a log that was once an oak tree. Read about the animals, insects, and fungi that live in and use the log for food and shelter through each season for years and years until the log wears away.

“Under the log ants rush about, carrying white bundles of babies. A spider crawls thorugh cracks and crevices, searching for a dry spot to place her egg sac. Millipedes settle between the log and the wet ground. For now, they are safe from the spider. Termites soon discover the fallen log and move in. They not only eat the rotting wood, they lay their eggs there, too.”
The back cover of the book includes ten discussion questions about the book and then activities in language arts, art, music, science and social studies relating to the content of the book.

For example, “Create a list of products that are made from wood. Research one of the products and discover the process that happens to take it from tree to market.”

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