Ocean Sunlight: How tiny plants feed the seas by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm


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Suggestions for Building Text Sets


Possible Topics: Ecosystems, Phytoplankton, Ocean Exploration, Food Chains, Organisms, Food Webs, Marine Snow, Ocean Life, Photosynthesis, Ocean Habitat
Books
Author
Title/Publisher
Grade Levels
Comments
ISBN/Publication Date
Fleisher, Paul
Ocean Food Webs
Learner Publications Company
Minneapolis
3 - 6
Early readers will build solid understanding of food chains and food webs in this series. Excellent graphics and resources.
978-0-8225-6732-5
2008
Slade, Susan
What Eats What in an Ocean Food Chain
Picture Window Press
2-3
Includes bibliographical references and index. Explores the ways in which ocean plants and animals are connected through food chains.
978-1-40487-385-8
2013
Johansson, Philip
Ocean Food Webs in Action
Learner Publications Company
3-6
. Explains how the plants and animals of an ocean form a food web in which energy is distributed throughout the entire environment.
978-1-46771-255-2
2014
Kalman, Bobbie
Photosynthesis: Changing Sunlight into Food
Learner Publications Company
3-6
Includes index. Presents a study of photosynthesis, and discusses how plants make food and receive energy from the sun, desert and ocean photosynthesis, and how plants survive in the winter.
978-0-7787-2308-0
2005
Bradley, Timothy J.
Demons of the Deep
Teacher Created Materials
4-6
Based on writing from “Time For Kids". Text and photographs introduce some of the bizarre and specialized animals that live in the deepest parts of the oceans.
978-1-43334-896-9
2013

Food Webs
Gareth Stevens
5-6
Includes bibliographical references and index. Explores how plants and animals get their food from a variety of sources and how food chains describe the feeding relationships between living things.
978-1-43398-708-3
2013
Osborne, Mary Pope
Magic Treehouse: Dark Day in the Deep Sea
Random House
2-5
Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, learn about the ocean, solve the mystery of its fabled sea monster, and gain compassion for their fellow creatures after joining a group of nineteenth-century explorers aboard the H.M.S. "Challenger."
978-0-375-83731-9
2008
Coombs, Kate
Water Sings Blue
Chronicle Booksd
2-4
A delightful collection of poetry about the ocean with stunning watercolor pictures that are a feast for the eyes.
978-0-81187-284-3
2012
Lewis, Gill
One White Dolphin
First Atheneum Books for Young Readers
3-5
Written by a veterinarian and brimming with bravery and beauty, this “poignant and satisfying story about acting for the greater good” (Publishers Weekly) taps into the radiance of nature and dives into the important, timely issue of environmental protection and ecology.
978-1-44241-448-8
2013

Websites
Name of Site
Address
Grade Levels
Comments
Publisher/Creator
Smithsonian Ocean Portal
**http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life-ecosystems/plankton**
2-6
Fabulous graphics and many explanations.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
National Geographic
http://nationalgeographic.com
Ocean Losing It’s Appetite for Carbon-p.3
4-6
Links phytoplankton to photosynthesis.
National Geographic News
Let the Wonder Begin
**http://calacademy.org**
Science today/Phytoplankton
Under Ice
4-6
Explore abundant life under an ice bloom.
California Academy of Sciences
MBARI NEWS
**http://mbari.org**
3-6
Numerous articles about phytoplankton with photo galleries.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
NOAA
**http://noaa.gov**
5-6
Simple explanation of what phytoplankton is-other available sites are listed.
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin.
ReadWorks.org
**http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/pearson/1080_the_eco_pyramid--passage.pdf**
4-6
Explanation of how the energy of the sun supports ecosystems with study questions.
Authored by Michael Stahl for ReadWorks, Inc.
Mr. R’s World of Math and Science
**http://sciencepoems.net/sciencepoems/photosynthesis.aspx**
3-6
Poem about photosynthesis
Mr. R’s World of Math and Science
Oceanus
**http://www.whoi.edu/cms/files/dfino/2005/4/v43n2-johnsensosik_2383.pdf**
4-6
Article about how light alters under the sea and photosynthesis
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Environmental Monitor
**http://www.fondriest.com/news/scientists-combine-laboratory-and-the-literary-on-algal-bloom-poetry-book.htm**
5-6
Article about book combining science and art with excerpt about phytoplankton
Fondriest Environmental Inc.