An Estuary Food Chain

A Who-Eats-What Adventure in North America

From the Series Follow That Food Chain

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Welcome to a North American estuary! As you travel through the swamp’s murky water, you wade through green duckweed and push ahead to the moss-draped trees at the water’s edge. Everything seems green and still. But the estuary is full of life, from an American alligator lying in wait for a cottonmouth snake, to a swarm of biting midges stinging you. Day and night in the estuary, the hunt is on to find food – and to avoid becoming someone else’s next meal. All living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and insect to animal. What path will you take to follow the food chain through the estuary? Will you …swoop through the sky with a barred owl chasing a mouse? Join a family of opossums munching on a poisonous snake? Nibble on some water plants with a swamp rabbit? Follow all three chains and many more on this who-eats-what adventure!

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2009-08-01
BISACS JNF037070, JNF051050
Dewey 577.7'8616
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 132268
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and Websites

Author: Donald Wojahn

Author: Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Becky is a school librarian by day and writer by night (well, actually very early mornings). Her natural habitat is the temperate forests of northwestern Wisconsin, where she shares her den with a husband, two animal-loving sons, and two big black dogs. She is the co-author of all twelve books in the Follow That Food Chain series, as well as the biography, Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes.

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Follow That Food Chain

Play the food chain game! This interactive series shows animals in their habitats while illuminating curriculum concepts related to food webs and biomes. The game-like format allows readers to choose a starting animal, then follow a food chain by selecting among options of what each… View available downloads →