Forest Food Webs


Beetles, toads, squirrels, owls, deer, and black bears are some of the many animals that make up a forest food web. But did you know that leaves, berries, mushrooms, and tiny bacteria are also important? Or that humans can affect the health of a forest? See forest food webs in action in this fascinating book.

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Beetles, toads, squirrels, owls, deer, and black bears are some of the many animals that make up a forest food web. But did you know that leaves, berries, mushrooms, and tiny bacteria are also important? Or that humans can affect the health of a forest? See forest food webs in action in this fascinating book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One of six in the “What is a Food Web” series, this edition, designed for elementary students, is all about life in the forests of the world, and how the food web works to sustain life there. The six chapters begin with a food web graphic followed by a discussion about forest areas of the world, including a map. The short discussion about how food webs work especially in forest areas is included. Additional chapters, accompanied by color photos, discuss forest plants, plant eaters, meat eaters, decomposers, and people and forests. Emphasis is placed on how each part of the food web is essential for the maintenance of the entire forest environment. The well-researched text includes boxed facts on forests and its inhabitants as well as a glossary, index, sources for further study for students and resources online for teachers. It would have been a plus to have the new terms in the glossary underlined or boldface as they appeared in the text as the whole food web concept will be new to most students. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 10.
Children's Literature - Jamaica Johnson Conner
"Energy moves from one living thing to another. A food chain shows how the energy moves. The energy for life comes from the sun. Plants store the sun's energy in their leaves, stems, and roots. When an animal eats a plant, the animal gets some of the sun's energy from the plant. The energy moves farther along the food chain each time one living thing eats another." This excerpt from the book, which is a part of the "Early Bird Food Webs" series," reveals the simplistic, practical explanations about the food chain of forest creatures provided in this title. Well-organized with a table of contents, a list of resources for further reading, a glossary, and an index, this book also offers two unique features. One feature includes a challenge to be a "word detective"—readers are challenged to find words in the list provided at the beginning of the text, to guess the meanings based on context clues, and to check their hypotheses in the glossary. This is an excellent strategy for fostering good reading habits for readers at the fourth grade level. Another feature provides suggestions for adults when sharing this book with children. The colorful pictures, charts, and graphs complement the information about trees, plants, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in the forest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467712545
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fleisher has spent his working life as an educator and writer. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology and natural history subjects. He has also written several widely-used classroom activity books on thinking games, social activism, and creative writing. 

Paul currently works as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as assistant to the director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He also teaches classes in writing at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking early retirement in 2005, he taught gifted elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools for almost 30 years. During that time, he helped develop numerous interdisciplinary instructional units on topics including Humor, Justice, Engineering and Design and The Art and Science of Music.  Paul was in the vanguard of teaching educational technology in Richmond Public Schools, teaching computer programming and web design to his students. He has offered workshops on team-building, thinking games, teaching writing, and other topics at educational conferences for many years. 

Paul remains an activist for peace and social justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forum and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has also served terms on the Virginia Education Association's Fitz Turner Commission for Human and Civil Rights, and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU. In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association Award for Peace and International Relations and in 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education. 

It is Paul's great good fortune to be married to educator Debra Sims Fleisher, who has taught him much of what he knows about working in a classroom, as well as how to live as a more decent human being.  In his spare time Paul is an avid gardener, cook, and reader. 

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