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.

Discuss:
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 lesson, 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 lesson 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, Animal Visitors, where students learn what they could put in a yard or park to attract animals.

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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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