Professional Learning Multimedia Lesson Plans Personal Workspace Site Search ALEXville Learning Activities Home Courses of Study


Life in a Rotting Log (Part 1)

Loading the player ...

Download list:

This podcast is part of the series: Science at School with Mrs. Weems, Science Queen


Caroline Weems


Benjamin Davis Elementary School, Decatur City Schools


This podcast shows the characteristics of rotting logs in various stages of decomposition. It shows the interdependence in an ecosystem of a rotting log. It is a long process that has four stages. The stages go from Stage 1 where the bark is hard and intact to Stage 4 where the log has decomposed to the point where it looks like soil. 

Length: 11:48

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (3)
7. Describe the life cycle of plants, including seed, seed germination, growth, and reproduction.
  • Describing the role of plants in a food chain
  • Identifying plant and animal cells
  • Describing how plants occupy space and use light, nutrients, water, and air
  • Classifying plants according to their features
  • Examples: evergreen or deciduous, flowering or nonflowering
  • Identifying helpful and harmful effects of plants
  • Examples:
    helpful—provide food, control erosion;
    harmful—cause allergic reactions, produce poisons
  • Identifying how bees pollinate flowers
  • Identifying photosynthesis as the method used by plants to produce food
    SC2015 (5)
    11. Create a model to illustrate the transfer of matter among producers; consumers, including scavengers and decomposers; and the environment.


    Alabama Virtual Library
    Alabama Virtual Library

    Hosted by Alabama Supercomputer Authority
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    The Malone Family Foundation
    The Malone Family Foundation
    Best of the Web