Provocation for Sharing The Planet

For the past week we have been looking at how living things are interdependent on each other. Quickly, the students brought up family trees as a way to show how families are interconnected, and food chain/webs to examine how other animal and plant species are connected. I wanted to stretch their thinking about this topic as another line of inquiry in our unit examines what impact behaviors have on habitats.

Before the unit started, I ordered about 10 books online that I found recommended in various resources about habitats. One of the books that I have already used is “Wolf Island” by Celia Godkin (Canadian Author!). It is a wonderful story about an island ecosystem that is undermined when the wolves leave the island and the balanced food chain is upset.

It was amazing to watch the kids eyes light up as they saw the impact of this simple action. The discussion that stemmed from this book was wonderful and it lead to looking at other ways that food chains/webs can be impacted including over hunting, disease, natural disasters, and pollution. It was also a good opportunity to reinforce the vocabulary we have been developing with a straight forward examples. 

If you are looking for a great book to get kids thinking about how we share the planet with animal. I would highly recommend it.

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