The Invisible Kingdom Reading Log

The Invisible Kingdom Reading Log


Use this reading log to guide you through your reading of the book. There are five Idea Strands that you should look for as you read. Use the middle column of the chart in this guide to write a synopsis of the chapter after you’ve read it. Then in the right-hand column, briefly describe how this chapter relates to one or more of these Idea Strands.

Strand 1: It’s Not Easy
The author uses the phrase “it’s not easy” throughout the book. As you read the book, try to find a common thread in passages where you find this phrase.

Strand 2: What Do Microbes Do?
For this strand, look for things that characterize life for microbes. Where do they live? How do they eat or reproduce?

Strand 3: Human/Microbe Interaction
The author frequently talks about the ways in which microbes and humans interact. As you read the book, look for examples of how these interactions occur. Would you characterize them as good, bad, or neutral?

Strand 4: Amazing Microbes
The author discusses a wide range of microbes in the book. As you read, jot down information about some of the more interesting ones that you encounter.

Strand 5: Unanswered Questions
While this book explains a great deal about microbes, it frequently raises unanswered questions and conflicting interpretations. As you read, find examples of these and briefly describe them.

Make sure that you identify the strand or strands that you have selected for the chapter in your response to the question in column 3. When you finish reading the book and have completed this log, you will work on one of the projects described on the last page of this log.

 Name of Chapter

 What is this chapter about?

 How does this chapter contribute to an idea strand?

Bugs on Display








Bugs on the Map









Bugs on the Move









Bugs on the Sly









Bugs on Us









Bugs on Reflection









Bugs Encore









After you have finished reading the book, complete one of these activities:

  • Create a commercial for the book in a video or brochure format. The commercial should include a synopsis of the book, a few interesting quotes, and some reader reviews, which you should obtain by interviewing your classmates after they’ve read the book.
  • Make a PowerPoint presentation about microbes. For this project, you should make a PowerPoint presentation that includes images of some of the microbes described in the book, along with interesting information about the conditions in which they live and any interactions they might have with humans.
  • Interview a bacterium. Write a fictional interview with a microbe. Come up with a list of interesting questions about how the microbe lives, eats, or reproduces. Use information from the book to write the answers. Present your interview either as a magazine article or a radio interview.
  • Write a graphic story using information from the book. For example, you can write a story about a microbe’s “journey” or some of the “tricks” described by Ben-Barak that microbes use to survive and thrive. Search for images of the microbes you have selected on the Internet to use as a basis for your drawings.


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