5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).
Although my students can learn plenty from reading and interacting with this book, I was looking for a way to document their learning. I decided to create a guided reading focus sheet for this purpose. You can get a copy of it here. Basically, students record the tertiary animal they chose. Then they read and respond with 3 facts they learned about the animal. Next they record the page they chose to go to and why. For example, in the Australian Outback Food Chain book, students might begin with the dingo and choose their dinner the night before as being a northern quoll which leads to page 44. Students continue to read and respond to the next guided reading prompt. Prompts include summarizing a paragraph, writing a question and answer based on a page, naming a problem faced by the animal, explaining an adaptation this animal has made for survival, and ultimately a summary of the ecosystem.
Need more ideas?
Lerner Publishing Group has some great ideas in their teacher guide.
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