Grades K to 2
Authored by April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by Kate Endle
Leaves and bacteria, insects and fish, bears, and people, too—are all a part of one big circle of growing and eating and living.
This book’s simple and engaging text explains how leaves that fall from a tree into a stream can follow a specific pattern to one day turn into a trout—the leaves first decompose to become food for aquatic insects, then these macroinvertebrates are eaten by trout, and finally the trout become a picnic lunch for a Dad and three children. The book’s illustrations reveal that these three inquisitive children have observed this whole process and have recorded their learnings in their science notebooks along the way.
Try using this book to teach children about life cycles and the greater interconnectedness of nature. Then, invite children to take action, get dirty, and put a few of these new ideas to work:
- Go fishing!
- Plan a community stream clean up
- Use a kick net to explore rivers and streams for macroinvertebrates
- Restore riparian areas (stream and river edges) with native vegetation
Try coupling this book with the following PLT activities:
# 13 – We All Need Trees
# 15 – A Few of My Favorite Things
# 16 – Pass the Plants, Please
# 23 – The Fallen Log
# 24 – Nature’s Recyclers
# 30 – Three Cheers for Trees
# 78 – Signs of Fall
# 79 – Tree Lifecycle
# 4 – We All Need Trees
# 5 – Signs of Fall
# 9 – To Be a Tree
# 11 – Three Cheers for Trees