To teach the students the concept of a food chain, we read Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta. In this book, we follow the adventures of a little boy who is "lost" in the ocean in his little red boat. Only to find out that there is a surprise in the end...I wish you could have seen the kids' faces when they got to the end of the story! As we follow the little boy on his ocean adventure, we learn about the different ocean animals and what they eat. As we read, we charted what each animal ate on a Flow Map. We then discussed what would happen if a piece of that food chain wa missing. The students were able to discuss on the animals are dependent upon one another for survival. The students then wrote their own Flow Map based on the class Flow Map and illustrated their favorite part of the story.
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