Describes the interaction of predators, prey, plants, and non-living elements that make up the food chain in the Sonoran Desert, and touches on what happens to the food chain when the balance of nature is upset.
Author: Keith Skamp
Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Teaching Primary Science Constructively helps readers to create effective science learning experiences for primary students by using a constructivist approach to learning. Introductory chapters explain the principles of constructivism and their implications for learning and teaching. They also discuss core strategies for the development of science understanding and science inquiry processes and skills. An important new chapter assists readers to interpret the Australian Curriculum: Science with a constructivist mindset. Subsequent chapters then provide research-based ideas for implementing a constructivist approach within a number of content strands. This substantially revised edition incorporates recent research findings related to student learning, as well as teaching, from a constructivist perspective and highlights how teaching emphases have changed over the last few years. Throughout, it links strongly to the key ideas, themes and terminology of the Australian Curriculum: Science.
Author: Katie Kawa
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
Release Date: 2014-12-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
A meadow is more than just a pretty place to have picnics. It's home to many species of plants and animals. They're connected through food chains, and readers explore how individual food chains come together to make a meadow food web. This important science concept is presented through engaging text, as well as a colorful meadow food web that shows a variety of connections among living things in this ecosystem. Fact boxes provide additional information about the plants and animals that live in meadows, and colorful photographs put readers in the middle of this habitat.
Introduces the different qualities and aspects of living things, including people, other animals, and plants, and covering such topics as breathing, feeding, energy, growth, locomotion, and reproduction.
Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2012-02-28
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate. Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects. It's the food chain, right in her own backyard! While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore. Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables! "A wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family’s backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. . . . this is bound to spark some backyard explorations." —Kirkus, Starred Review From the Hardcover edition.