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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2001
By the time the kids are at this level most of them already have some idea of the food chain concept (and anybody who has played Magic School Bus Animals definitely will!). It sits right at the cross roads of two levels- a solid first grade book, perhaps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, written on a level primary school students can understand, and packed with information
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
This book works well with the picture book "The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten" or "MSB Food Chain Frenzy". Best thing of all is the illustrations in this book -- they really convey the information. My kids really "get" it from the visuals.
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Disappointing. We have several books in this series and love all the others. I am okay with simplifying science so that is is accessible to children. Unfortunately this book just lies. All food chains do not start with green plants. In fact many food chains, particularly aquatic food chains do not. The kelp and "tiny plants" (read microorganisms like diatoms that are capable of photosynthesis but are NOT plants) pictured on page 22 of this book are perfect examples. A simple change to say that all food chains begin with organisms like green plants that get their energy from the sun keeps it simple without taking us back hundreds of years to a time before microscopes. (For you biologists out there. Yes, I know this is still an an oversimplification, but it does apply to the vast majority of food chains that children will be familiar with. Feel free to add your own lesson about the microbes that get there energy from the heat produced by underwater volcanoes).
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on June 14, 2006
I used it to make an interactive bulletin board for my classroom. It is simple but it gets the point across. I use it with my 8th and 9th grade students, and they don't mind that it's a picture book.
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This book was great for teaching and illustrating the various food chains and food webs. I used this book during my lesson on food chains in conjunction with a video and it served it's purpose.
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on June 3, 2008
This book realates de food chain to children in an understandable and fun way. I plan to use it in my science class this summer. Very intersting book for first graders to about third grade.
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on December 27, 2012
A neat book explaining the sometimes hard to explain to little children...the food chain. I'm very happy to read this to my class when we learn about the animal kingdom and the food chain.
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on March 9, 2014
This is well written and simple and to the point without being dry or monotonous. I would recommend it for anyone teaching!
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on November 24, 2012
The kids love it and its interesting to them, helps them with science class and working knowledge of the eco system
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