Why would you want an old log in your backyard?
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Why would you want an old log in your backyard?
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Optional Activity: Animal Visitors

Grandma had an old log in her yard for her animal friends to visit.

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What else could you put in a yard or park to make a place that animals would like to visit?

Watch the videos below for ideas.

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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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Activity: Sensory Adventures

  • If you have an outdoor area with a few trees, consider these activities from the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve. These “Sensory Adventures” let your students get to know trees using all of their senses.
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In this Read-Along Mystery, Sam wonders why his grandmother wants to keep an old log in her yard—until he begins to meet a few of her friends. The Mystery includes a short exercise where students pretend to be lizards eating ants, and discover why old logs are helpful to animals. You can extend the lesson with the optional activity, Trees & Animals, where students watch chipmunks in their log home and act out many different animals living in a tree.

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This activity does not require supplies.

As an optional activity, we suggest having students discuss what they could put in a yard or park to attract animals. We include videos that show birds in a birdbath, at a bird feeder, and in a bird house, reinforcing the idea that animals are are attracted to spots that offer food, water, and shelter.

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