Rotten Log Lab - Logistics

45-55 minutes

Groups of 4-6 students per log

For each student:

  • Copy of the Rotten Log Questions

For each group of students:

  • 1 rotting log, preferably with lots of mushrooms, moss, fungi, termites, beetles and other creepy crawlies in and around the log
  • 1 large plastic wash basin or large heavy duty yard waste trash bag to keep the log in
  • Work gloves
  • Screwdriver, shovel, pry bar, hammer or other tools that can be used to pry open sections of the log
  • Bug boxes
  • Newspaper to cover the tables

Optional: To see the protozoa in the termites’ gut

  • Termite
  • Microscope
  • Glass slides
  • Cover slips
  • 2 pairs tweezers
  • toothpick
  • 0.6% NaCl (0.6 g NaCl in 100 ml water)
  • eyedropper