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CHAPTER 12



SWAMPS, MARSHES AND BAYOUS




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Swamps, Marshes and Bayous
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Swamps, Marshes and Bayous
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Swamps, Marshes and Bayous




BOOKS about SWAMPS, MARSHES AND BAYOUS

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Bartleby of the Big Bad Bayou by Phyllis Shalant. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Bartleby, the red-eared turtle, and Seezer, the American alligator, have swum the Mighty Mississippi to reach bayou country, their true home. But when they find the creek where Seezer was born, they discover it’s ruled by Old Stump—a giant gator with a gargantuan appetite. Does Bartleby have what it takes to make this strange new world his own? Readers will cheer for the tiny but tough hero in this pageturner.

Bayou Dogs (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 2) by Tony Abbott. (2009 - Ages 9-12)
Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street? Derek's brother Ronny isn't himself. No, really. Ronny's body has been taken over by the long-dead soul of a man named Virgil Black. Lucky for him, Virgil is one of the good guys. Not all of them are. In fact, a Legion of evil souls is staging a serious comeback. And they're staging it at Bayou Malpierre, the site of Derek's most horrible nightmare. That nightmare is about to get even worse. . . .

Epossumondas Plays Possum by Coleen Salley with Janet Stevens (illus). (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Epossumondas is the silliest, most lovable possum south of the Mason-Dixon line. Will he still be his mama's sweet little patootie if he heads into the swamp, just where Mama told him not to go? The swamp is home to the fearsome and legendary loup-garou! Epossumondas isn't a naughty possum, but he sure is forgetful, and into the swamp he goes. There he meets all manner of scary creatures--but are any of them the loup-garou?

Lapin Plays Possum: Trickster Tales From the Louisiana Bayou by Sharon Arms Doucet. (2002 - Ages 9-12)
As long as there are fools to be fooled, Lapin figures he might as well do the fooling. He can’t resist playing tricks on Bouki any more than he can turn down King Cake at Mardi Gras. As for Bouki, he is so tired of being hoodwinked by this do-nothing rascal of a rabbit that he is determined to get the best of the puny trickster once and for all...

Marsh Music by Marianne Collins Berkes. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
As night falls on the pond, an unusual orchestra assembles. As fireflies light up the stage, Maestro bullfrog leads the chorus frogs, spring peepers, American toads, and others in an outdoor symphony. Berkes incorporates sounds such as "woink-woink" and "twang" into the rhythmic text that re-creates the atmosphere of a lazy summer evening.

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root. (1998 - Ages 4-8)
"Splish, clomp, pleep, plop, plunk, sloosh, slosh, slink, zing." Who can resist a read-aloud featuring sounds like these? When, "Down by the marsh, by the sleepy, slimy marsh, one duck gets stuck in the muck," who comes to the rescue? Two fish, splishing, for starters. Then three moose clomping, four crickets pleeping, and so on. Still, "No luck. Still stuck." It takes a whole lot of teamwork to get this particular stuck duck unstuck from the muck.

Secret of the Swamp King (Wilderking Trilogy) by Jonathan Rogers. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Aidan is living in the court of King Darrow. He has become best friends with Darrow's son Steren. But King Darrow's insecurity causes him to hate the young man who saved his kingdom. Concerned about his king's spiral into ever-darker moods, Aidan asks what he can do to help. Darrow sends him on an imposible adventure to the recesses of Feechiefen Swamp, thinking he is sending Aidan to his death. Afterall, no Corenwalder has ever returned from Feechiefen alive.

Stinky by Eleanor Davis. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums - but is terrified of people! When a new kid enters his swamp, this adorable little monster comes up with all sorts of crazy plans to scare him away. But Stinky quickly learns to conquer his fear, as he realizes that bats, rats, and toads aren't the only friends you can find in the swamp.

Werewolf Of Fever Swamp (Classic Goosebumps) by R.L. Stine. (2009 - Ages 9-12)
There is something weird happening in Fever Swamp. Something really horrible. It started with the strange howling at night. Then there was the rabbit, torn to shreds. Everyone thinks Grady's new dog is responsible. After all, he looks just like a wolf. And he seems a little on the wild side.
But Grady knows his dog is just a regular old dog. And most dogs don't howl at the moon. Or disappear at midnight. Or change into terrifying creatures when the moon is full. Or do they?

Zombie Zone (The) (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are excited to vacation in the Louisiana bayou. But the small village they visit has a scary problem. The villagers tell stories of voodoo and a giant zombie with silver hair who has been digging up graves in the cemetery. Can the the tales be true? It’s up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to unearth the secrets of the zombie zone.

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Additional reading list:

Babies in the Bayou by Jim Arnosky. (2010 - Ages 4-8)
Back To The Bayou by Jon Buller. (2003 - Ages 4-8)
Bayou Belle by George Smith. (1967)
Bayou Lullaby by Kathi Appelt. (1995 - Ages 4-8)
Bedtime at the Swamp by Kristin Crow. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band by Sarah Weeks. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Clovis Crawfish & the Singing Cigales (Clovis Crawfish Series) by Mary Alice Fontenot. (1981-Ages 4-8)
Creature of Lost Bayou (The) by Winnie Wachwitz. (2004 - Ages 9-12)
Curse of the Bayou: Cynthia's Attic by Mary Cunningham. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
Day in the Salt Marsh (A) by Kevin Kurtz. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Down the Crawfish Hole by Wes Thomas. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Ghost of Pont Diable (The) by James Rice. (1996 - Ages 9-12)
Gilbert De LA Frogponde: A Swamp Story by Jennifer Rae. (1997 - Agges 4-8)
Home in the Swamp (A) (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers) by David C. Lion. (2006 - Ages 4-8)
It Came from the Swamp (Picture Puffin) by Nicole Rubel. (1992 - Ages 4-8)
Keeper of the Swamp by Ann Garrett. (2001 - Ages 4-8)
Learning About Swamp Animals (Learning about Books (Dover)) by Jan Sovak. (2003 - Ages 4-8)
Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer. (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Lu and the Swamp Ghost by Fred McKissack. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Mama's Bayou by Dianne de Las Casas. (2010 - Ages 4-8)
Mama Don't Allow by Thacher Hurd. (1985 - Ages 4-8)
Marsh Morning by Marianne Collins Berkes. (2003 - Ages 4-8)
Marcie and the Monster of the Bayou (Bayou Series, #4) by Betty Hager. (1994 - Ages 9-12)
Marshes and Ponds (Horrible Habitats) by Sharon Katz Cooper. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Marshes & Swamps by Gail Gibbons. (1999 - Ages 4-8)
Ralphie and the Swamp Baby by Vicky Rubin. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Scooby Doo: Swamp Tromp by Landoll. (1999 - Ages 4-8)
Spoonbill Swamp (Owlet Book) by Brenda Z. Guiberson. (1998 - Ages 4-8)
Squish!: A Wetland Walk by Nancy Luenn. (1994 - Ages 4-8)
Superhero Swamp: A Slimey, Smelly Way to Find the Superhero God Placed in You! by J. Trent. (4-8)
Swamp by Donald M. Silver. (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Swamp Band Lullaby by Paula Joachimowski. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
Swamp : Bayou Teche, Louisiana, 1851 by Kathleen Duey. (1999 - Ages 9-12)
Swamp Song by Helen Ketteman. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Swamp (Survival) by Kathleen Duey. (1999 - Ages 9-12)
Tah-Tye: The Last Possum in the Pouch by Mary Alice Fontenot. (1996 - Ages 9-12)
Trosclair And the Alligator by Peter Huggins. (2006 - Ages 4-8)
Tyrone and the Swamp Gang by Hans Wilhelm. (1995 - Ages 4-8)
Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch (Uncle Arnel Series) by Alison Hoffman Lane. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Wetland Food Chains by Bobbie Kalman. (2006 - Ages 4-8)
Wetland Walk, A (Trd/Pb) by Sheri Amsel. (1993 - Ages 4-8)
Wide-Mouthed Frog (The) by Rex Schneider. (1981 - Ages 4-8)
Yuck! Stuck In The Muck (Scholastic Reader Level 1) by Corinne Demas. (2006 - Agegs 4-8)

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STORIES, FAIRY TALES AND FOLKTALES about SWAMPS, MARSHES AND BAYOUS

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Alphabetized for your convenience and to save you research time.
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Stories:
1) "Beowulf" — Old England (Anglo-Saxon)
2) "Buried Moon (The)"
— England
3) "Don't Go Near the Swamp!"
— African American, USA
4) "Elephant (The) and the Whale"
— Louisiana, USA
5) "Frog King (The)" — Aesop fable, ancient Greece
6) "Frogs Who Had Flies All Day"
— a folktale adapted by Joe Wos, USA
7) "Kweku Ananse Outsmarts Himself"
— Africa
8) "Marsh King's Daughter (The)"
— Denmark (Hans Christian Andersen)
9) "Phantom Lovers (The) of Dismal Swamp"
— Virginia, USA
10) "Tzarevna Frog (The)"
— Russia



1) "Beowulf" — a legend from Old England (Anglo-Saxon), retold by Robert Hoffman. Posted by Encyclopedia Mythica.

Excerpt:
Nightfall was the worst time for the king. For the coming of darkness brought the return of the dread monster -- Grendel. When the light of the sun left the land in deep shadow, mists would rise from the swamp and Grendel steal over the land to terrorize both the king and his subjects.

For the last twelve years the monster had been killing the king's men. Though they had placed doors of the solid oak bound with the strength of iron against him, Grendel broke these with one tremendous blow.Grendel was nearly immortal as it had been decreed that no weapon made by man could harm him. And while he himself wielded no weapon, he still raised fear among all because of his strength and cunning...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/folklore/folktales/articles/beowulf.html
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2) "Buried Moon (The)"
— an English fairy tale from the book Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book (Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations) by Edmund Dulac. Posted by chestofbooks.com.

Excerpt:
In my old Granny's days, long, long - oh, so long ago, Carland was just a collection of bogs. Pools of black water lay in the hollows, and little green rivulets scurried away here and there like long lizards trying to escape from their tails, while every tuft that you trod upon would squirt up at you like anything. Oh! it was a nice place to be in on a dark night, I give you my word.Now, I've heard my Granny say that a long time before her day the Moon got trapped and buried in the bog. I'll tell you the tale as she used to tell it to me.On some nights the beautiful Moon rose up in the sky and shone brighter and brighter, and the people blessed her because by her wonderful light they could find their way home at night through the treacherous bogs. But on other nights she did not come, and then it was so dark that the traveller could not find his way; and, besides, the Evil Things that feared the light - toads and creepy, crawly things, to say nothing of Bogles and Little Bad People - came out in the darkness to do all the harm they could, for they hated the people and were always trying to lead them astray. Many a poor man going home in the dark had been enticed by these malevolent things into quicksands and mud pools. When the Moon was away and the night was black, these vile creatures had their will.When the Moon learned about this, she was very grieved, for she is a sweet, kind body, who spent nights without sleep, so as to show a light for people going home. She was troubled about it all, and said to herself, "I'll just go down and see how matters stand."...

The rest of the story is at:
http://tinyurl.com/yjvo2oz
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3) "Don't Go Near the Swamp!"
— an African American folktale. Posted by africanheritage.com from the University of South Florida. This is a folktale believed to have come from Africa. Used to teach children respect for their elders.

Excerpt:
A man lay dying in an African village. He was a very poor man with a wife and two sons. He had nothing to leave them except the hut he lay in, a small garden plot some distance away and a few words of wisdom. To his wife, he left the hut and garden plot. He called his sons to him for the words of wisdom.

"My sons, heed my words well and you will grow into fine men. Always mind and respect your mother. Be kind to others. Respect all elders. Do not be selfish. And above all DO NOT GO NEAR THE SWAMP!"
After saying this, he breathed his last.

Life was hard for the widow and her sons. Soon, she had to take a job in the city several hours walk away. She called her sons to her. "My sons, I must take this job in the city for us to survive. I will no longer have the time to work in our garden, but we also need the food from the garden to survive. It will be up to you to take care of it. You must not stop to play with your friends each day until the garden chores; hoeing, weeding, watering, spring planting and fall harvesting; are completed for the day. Now, you go to our garden and I will go to the city."...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.africanaheritage.com/_Ancestor_Story_.asp?AncestorID=29
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4) "Elephant (The) and the Whale"
— a folktale from Louisiana. Primary source: Trickster Tales in Alcée Fortier's Louisiana Folk-Tales; In French Dialect and English Translation (1895): English Translations. Posted by findarticles.com.

Excerpt:
One day Compair Lapin and Compair Bouki were going on a journey together. Compair Lapin often took Bouki with him to make fun of him, and to hear all the news which Bouki knew. When they reached the seashore, they saw something which was very strange, and which astonished them so much that they stopped to watch and listen. It was an elephant and a whale which were conversing together.

"You see," said Bouki, "they are the two largest beasts in the world, and the strongest of all animals."

"Hush up," said Lapin, "let us go nearer and listen. I want to hear what they are saying."

The elephant said to the whale: "Commpair Baleine, as you are the largest and strongest in the sea, and I am the largest and strongest on land, we must rule over all beasts; and all those who will revolt against us we shall kill them, you hear, commpair."

"Yes, compair; keep the land and I shall keep the sea.""You hear," said Bouki, "let us go, because it will be bad for us if they hear that we are listening to their conversation.""Oh! I don't care," said Lapin; "I am more cunning than they; you will see how I am going to fix them.""No," said Bouki, "I am afraid, I must go."...

The rest of the story is at:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4074/is_200907/ai_n42041338/
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5) "Frog King(The)" — an Aesop Fable, retold by B. Sumangal. Posted by Pitara Kids Network.

Excerpt:
In a large marshy swamp in South Africa lived a colony of frogs - happy frogs. The marsh was surrounded by tall weeds, dirt and muck, which attracted lots of flies. Every moment was mealtime for the frogs. It was a happy life, all fun and play.Leapfrog was their favourite game. The younger frogs were dared to jump over a line of frogs from one end to the other end. Each time a young one managed to clear the jump, she or he would be added to the line -- until the jumper fell on the last one, when the game ended.It was a good life, especially since there were no storks or snakes nearby to trouble them or simply swallow them.But the younger frogs were not satisfied. They wanted a different life. In their social studies lessons in the frog school, they had read about ideas such as democracy. It would be so nice if they, too, could vote for the leader of their choice - a people's leader who would listen to their problems and desires.Henri, the boldest of the younger frogs, scolded the older frogs for not electing a leader from among them. At first the older fro" gs were totally against the idea, but then...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.pitara.com/talespin/folktales/online.asp?story=46
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6) "Frog Who Had Flies All Day Long! (The)"
— a folktale adapted by Joe Wos. Posted by onceuponatoon.com.

Excerpt:
Once Upon a Toon…

There was a frog. Like most frogs he lived in a swamp and like most frogs he liked to eat... Flies! Nice big fat juicy flies! Yum Yum! Whenever he would see a fly, that tongue of his would zip out of the corner of his mouth and swap! — it was lunch. All day long he would sit on his lilypad and eat flies. He had flies for breakfast, flies for brunch, flies for lunch, flies for dinner and flies for his in-between meal snacks. All the time it was all he did — eat flies...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.onceuponatoon.com/frogs.html
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7) "Kweku Ananse Outsmarts Himself" — a folktale from Africa, retold by Rev. P.E. Adotey Addo. Posted by allfolktales.com.

Excerpt:
A very, very long time ago as the story goes, Kweku Ananse and Adun, the Baboon were the best of friends and went everywhere together. Most of the time Ananse wanted to just hang on the hairs of Baboon and Baboon treated Ananse with a great deal of respect and love. It is said that they were closer than brothers. All the animals admired them because they were happy and protected each other. They ate together and played together each day among the trees and at night. Baboon would find a large tree to make a bed with some leaves while Ananse just hung from the largest branch on the tree away from all predators.

Some folks said it was a symbiotic existence, a sort of mutual admiration society that benefits each other.

One very fine day as they were foraging for food they came upon a marsh and across the marsh was a banana tree.

Now, everyone knows how much Baboon likes to feed on ripe bananas. And so they crossed the marsh by stepping over the rocks where the Frog and the Turtle rest to soak the sunlight each day.

"Who goes there?" croaked Frog....


The rest of the story is at:

http://www.allfolktales.com/wafrica/ananse_outsmarts_himself.php
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8) "Marsh King's Daughter (The)" — a fairy tale from Denmark, by Hans Christian Andersen. Posted by andersen.sdu.dk.

Excerpt:
The storks tell many, many stories to their young ones, all about the bogs and marshes. In general each story is suited to the age and sense of the little storks. While the youngest ones are satisfied with, "Kribble-krabble, plurry-murry," and think it a very fine story, the older ones demand something with more sense to it, or at least something about the family.Of the two oldest stories which have been handed down among the storks, we all know the one about Moses, who was put by his mother on the banks of the Nile, where a King's daughter found him. How well she brought him up, how he became a great man, and how no one knows where he lies buried, are things that we all have heard.The other tale is not widely known, perhaps because it is almost a family story. This tale has been handed down from one mother stork to another for a thousand years, and each succeeding storyteller has told it better and better, and now we shall tell it best of all.The first pair of storks who told this tale and who themselves played a part in it, had their summer home on the roof of the Viking's wooden castle up by the Wild Marsh in Vendsyssel. If we must be precise about our knowledge, this is in the country of Hjorring, high up near Skagen in Jutland. There is still a big marsh there, which we can read about in the official reports of that district. It is said that the place once lay under the sea, but the land has risen somewhat, and is now a wilderness extending for many a mile. One is surrounded on all sides by marshy meadows, quagmires, and peat bogs, overgrown by cloud berries and stunted trees. Dank mists almost always hang over the place, and about seventy years ago wolves still made their homes there. Well may it be called the Wild Marsh....


The rest of the story is at:
http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheMarshKingsDaughter_e.html
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9) "Phantom Lovers (The) of Dismal Swamp"
— a folktale from Virginia, retold by S.E. Schlosser. Posted by American Folklore.

Excerpt:
He couldn't believe it when she fell ill just a few short weeks before their marriage. His betrothed was beautiful, strong, and healthy, but she just faded away before his eyes. He held her in his arms as she gasped out her last breath, and was inconsolable long after her body lay buried beside the Dismal Swamp.

Day after day, night after night, he grieved for his lost love. He scorned food and sleep, depriving himself until his mind gave way under the strain and he became obsessed with the idea that his beloved was still alive somewhere just out of reach. Her family had sent her away into the swamp, he reasoned, and she was waiting for him to come and rescue her.

"I will find her," he told his worried family, passionate in his conviction. "I will find her and hide her away from Death, so that he will never find her when he comes."...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.americanfolklore.net/folktales/va2.html
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10) "Tsarevna Frog (The)" — a folktale from Russia. Posted by sacred-texts.com.

Excerpt:
In an old, old Russian tsarstvo, I do not know when, there lived a sovereign prince with the princess his wife. They had three sons, all of them young, and such brave fellows that no pen could describe them. The youngest had the name of Ivan Tsarevitch. One day their father said to his sons: "My dear boys, take each of you an arrow, draw your strong bow and let your arrow fly; in whatever court it falls, in that court there will be a wife for you."

The arrow of the oldest Tsarevitch fell on a boyar-house just in front of the terem where women live; the arrow of the second Tsarevitch flew to the red porch of a rich merchant, and on the porch there stood a sweet girl, the merchant's daughter. The youngest, the brave Tsarevitch Ivan, had the ill luck to send his arrow into the midst of a swamp, where it was caught by a croaking frog...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ftr/chap01.htm
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ONLINE LINKS TO STORIES AND INFORMATION about SWAMPS, MARSHES AND BAYOUS

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Story titles are in quotation marks.
Short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek
"Shrek" from Wikipedia. Includes information about plot, production of movie, cast, soundtrack, influences, other media,such as books, video games, comic books,Broadway. Also sequels and spin-offs, references and external links. Excerpt: "Shrek, a green ogre that has always enjoyed living in peaceful solitude in his swamp finds h is life
disrupted when numerous fairy tale beings are forced into the swamp by order of Lord Farquaad."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayou
Bayou. Description, location, use in fiction, notable bayous and references. From Wikipedia.


http://www.eatel.net/~meme/Bayous.html
Louisiana: Bayous and Waterways. Many beautiful photographs of bayous in Louisiana. Website by meme.


http://ozmagic.homestead.com/AustralianCrocodileAttacks.html
Australian Saltwater Crocodile Attacks (known) from Oz Magic the Web-Site. Great photographs and videos.


http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-bayou.htm
Answers questions such as: What is a bayou? What is a marsh? What is a swamp? The ecology in bayou wetlands, the plants and animals in a bayou. You have to click on links, but the information is there.


http://www.studentnow.com/travel/bayou.html
"Bayou Tours: A Guide to the Louisiana Outdoors" by Kristin Mouk. Posted by StudentNow.com. Answers questions such as: A bayou or a swamp? What types of wildlife can be seen on the Swamp Tours? The Atchafalaya Basin's ecosystem. Touring.


http://rking.vinu.edu/loup.htm
Fantastic site of "Loup-Garou Legends of Old Vincennes" - with newspaper articles and full-text stories. Includes "Charlie Page's Loup-Garou Story," "The Bewitched Treasures of Point O'Chene," "The Loup-Garou Cow," "Jean Baptiste Loup-Garou Horse," and four others. You'll love this site as a source for stories.


http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/vampires/LOUPGAROU/
Lots of background information and pictures of the Loup-Garou, the werewolf of the swamps and bayous, and other creatures of the night. Very interesting site with many links to external sites about werewolves. Posted by hauntedamericantours.com.


http://animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/swamp-creature/
Great site with pictures and detailed information about "creatures" — all of them scary! Includes the infamous "swamp creature," citing physical evidence, legend, rumors and beliefs about this chimpanzee-like animal. Popular lore says that this monster might be the product of a mating between a chimpanzee and an alligator — now that would be something to watch! There are 24 other "creatures" to look at and learn about.


http://www.csicop.org/si/show/tracking_the_swamp_monsters/
"Tracking the Swamp Monsters" by Joe Nickell, in the July/August 2001 issue of Skeptical Inquirer. Posted by cicop.org. Here are the questions the site addresses: Do mysterious and presumably endangered manlike creatures inhabit swamplands of the southern United States? If not, how do we explain the sightings and even track impressions of creatures that thus far have eluded mainstream science? Do they represent additional evidence of the legendary Bigfoot or something else entirely? What would an investigation reveal? If you'd like a shiver or two up and down your spine, this is the article to read!

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PRESCHOOL AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES about SWAMPS, MARSHES AND BAYOUS

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Story titles are in quotation marks.
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http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collateral.jsp?id=31643
"Deep in the Swamp" lesson plan from Scholastic. This is an interesting activity for grades K-2, even though it's based on the book Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman, which you can buy or find at your public library or school library. Description of the book: "This book takes you deep into the Okefenokee Swamp to see the animals and plants that live there. Count along with the animals and their babies. Follow a mother river otter as she plays with her pup and see a mother alligator bask in the sun with her many little ones. The beautiful illustrations depicted in Deep in the Swamp will leave children eager to learn more about the Okenfenokee's lush flora and fauna and the many rich elements of this amazing ecosystem." The lesson plan follows the book.


http://www.ngwa.org/programs/educator/lessonplans/wetlands3.aspx
"Types of Wetlands" by Kimberly Mullen, CPG, from Wetlands Curriculum—Lesson Plan III. Posted by the National Groundwater Association. Objective: Students will be able to anayze specific data and determine the type of wetland that it represents. There is much information to explore on this site about wetlands and groundwater in general.


http://tinyurl.com/yk29yz4
"Swamp Things Activities" — posted by santeecooper.com. Includes "Food Web Ro-sham-bo"; "Metamorphosis Play"; "Investigate"; and "Swamp Debate." Reading list and Online Resources.


http://courses.ttu.edu/thomas/coollinks/NewLinks/swamps.htm
"Swamps" by Traci Huckabee and Tamara Young. Posted by courses.ttu.edu. Extensive list of external links containing information about wetlands, swamps and the animals that live in them.


http://www.greatswamp.org/Education.htm
Great Swamp Watershed Association offers educational programs and hands-on activities about water in many of its forms that teachers can take back to their classrooms to use with their students. Their headquarters is in Morristown, New Jersey.


http://www.estuaries.gov/estuaries101/ScienceData/Default.aspx?ID=253
"SWaMP in Your Classroom" — Use theEstuaries 101 Curriciulum to Build Data and Estuarine Literacy. Posted by estuaries.gov. Includes Teacher's Guide and Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and Chesapeake Bay Modules.


http://www.brighthub.com/education/early-childhood/articles/42542.aspx
"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" — Preschool Lesson Plans. Article by Keren Perles, edited and published by Elizabeth Wistrom. Excerpt: These "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" lesson plans are perfect on a nice day with a group of preschoolers. Start off inside, and use the first column of a K-W-L chart to find out what the children already know about bears. In the second column, help the children make a list of things they want to know about bears. Read a nonfiction book with children about bears, such as Bears (Baby Animals) by Kate Petty or A Bear's Year: Set C (Phonic Readers) by Amy Levin. Use the information the children learn in the book to fill out the third column of the K-W-L chart.


http://day-care-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/animal_sorting_daycare_activity
Animal Sorting Daycare Activity: Cognitive Development Lesson Plan for Preschool by Carla Snuggs, postsed by day-care-activities.suite101.com. Excerpt: Alligator sorting activity for toddlers and preschoolers with instructions, procedures, materials list, learning objectives and sample verbal cues. It goes without saying that most kids love activities that include mud and slime and delight in the opportunity to get dirty. Swamp Animal Sorting is a fun and messy activity that supports cognitive development.


http://www.freekidscrafts.com/vbs_bayou_crafts-t123.html
VBS Bayou Crafts from FreeKidsCrafts.com. Includes Easy Insect; Not-So-Scary TP Snake; Concertina Fold Butterfly; Papaer Plate Frog Puppet; All A-Quiver Caterpillar; Egg Carton Crocodile and Friendly Snake. Very cute and colorful crafts.


http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3348
Using different versions of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" — this lesson allows the teacher to read different versions of this classic in accents indigenous to certain cultures and then provides a writing lesson for students to write their own version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Grade 1, language arts. Posted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Learnnc.org.

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