Grassland Food Webs

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Prairie dogs, vultures, grasshoppers, goldfinches, pocket gophers, and bison are some of the many animals that make up a grassland food web. But do you know how the many types of grasses in a grassland benefit these animals? Or how earthworms and other decomposers play an important role in the food web? See grassland food webs in action in this fascinating book.

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Overview

Prairie dogs, vultures, grasshoppers, goldfinches, pocket gophers, and bison are some of the many animals that make up a grassland food web. But do you know how the many types of grasses in a grassland benefit these animals? Or how earthworms and other decomposers play an important role in the food web? See grassland food webs in action in this fascinating book.

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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 grasslands 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 grassland areas of the world, including a map. A short discussion about how food webs work especially in grassland areas is included. Additional chapters, accompanied by color photos, discuss grassland plants, plant eaters, meat eaters, decomposers, and people and grasslands. Emphasis is placed on how each part of the food web is essential for the maintenance of the entire grassland environment. The well-researched text includes boxed facts on grasslands 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822567301
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Early Bird Food Webs Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.71 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.35 (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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Table of Contents


Be a Word Detective     5
Grassland     6
Grassland Plants     14
Grassland Plants Eaters     22
Grassland Meat Eaters     27
Grassland Decomposers     34
People and Grasslands     39
A Note to Adults on Sharing a Book     44
Learn More about Grassland and Food Webs     45
Glossary     46
Index     48
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