This post has a free printable for teaching about bogs. The book Big Belching Bog by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Betsy Bowen would be a good one to use in such a study, although other reference sources may be used.
Are you wondering how children will react to the belching in this book, The Big Belching Bog? They will have a hard time making an issue about it as no one has ever heard a bog actually belch. As plants break down in a bog, they create methane gas which slowly rises and bubbles up. Scientists are studying this secret. Maybe one of the children will grow up and learn the answer!
When I started making the freebie, I was thinking I knew about these plants and animals. I knew Pitcher plants trapped bugs, some for slowing digesting, some live, but none ever leave the plant. I know about moose and owls, for instance. However, this book was SO INTERESTING! I learned many new things and won’t look at the woods the same again.
We had a black spruce in our yard, and I never knew that is one of very few trees to be able to live in a bog. I never realized, before it fell in a storm, that is could survive such acidic and stagnant conditions. I didn’t realize Tamarack trees, which have needles that turn golden-yellow in the fall, could grow in bogs. I have a new appreciation of bog animals and plants. It is fun when a book delights children and also is enjoyable for parents to read.
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