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Ecosystem of the Forest – The Role of a Nurse Log


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Do you want your students to learn about the forest ecosystem? An essential part of the forest ecosystem is the nurse log. This is when a tree has fallen and, as it decomposes, provides nutrients and space for other living things to grow. These reading passages and comprehension questions are no-prep! Students will read and answer the questions about the temperate forest ecosystem.

This Ecosystem Reading Unit on Nurse Logs Includes:

  • Two pages of informational text on the role of nurse logs in the forest ecosystem
  • Two pages of comprehension questions
  • A CER Writing Activity
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Word Search
  • Answer Keys

This unit starts with phenomena!

Concepts in this Reading Unit Include:

  • Decomposers
  • Carbon sinks
  • Forest ecosystem
  • Forest diversity
  • Recycling of materials

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