Ocean Food Webs

Ocean Food Webs

by Paul Fleisher
     
 

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Seals, otters, oysters, fish, pelicans, and sharks are a few of the animals that make up an ocean food web. But did you know that almost all ocean creatures depend on algae to live? Or that bacteria, crabs, and lobsters break down dead plants and animals into nutrients? See ocean food webs in action in this fascinating book.

Overview

Seals, otters, oysters, fish, pelicans, and sharks are a few of the animals that make up an ocean food web. But did you know that almost all ocean creatures depend on algae to live? Or that bacteria, crabs, and lobsters break down dead plants and animals into nutrients? See ocean food webs in action in this fascinating book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tanya Cristini Klatt
In the latest book in the “Food Web” series by Searchlight Books the reader is given a close up look at the ocean food chain. From tiny plankton to giant whales all animals and plants in the ocean are shown to be interdependent of one another through graphs, maps, and illustrations. Students will be engaged by the many shocking photographs of the food web in action: a large red octopus ensnaring a shark in its tentacles, a lone turtle skeleton abandoned on the ocean floor, and a seagull pecking at a decomposing fish head on a sandy shoreline. The book also shows how humans interact with the ocean and ways we have caused harm to ocean food webs. It ends with clear directions on how humans can protect the ocean and all that inhabit it. The book is set up with clear curriculum support. It is organized in chapters, contains a glossary and index, and includes websites for further reading. Reviewer: Tanya Cristini Klatt AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822567325
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Early Bird Food Webs Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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