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We're All in This Together: The Fabulous Food Chain



We're All in This Together: The Fabulous Food Chain

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.6

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     challenging words:    invisible, link, grazing, photosynthesis, nearly, consumer, ahead, fuel, instead, through, consume, than, also, become, bottom, living


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We're All in This Together: The Fabulous Food Chain
By Erin Horner
  

1     "Eat up," my mom said. "You've got a big day ahead of you, and you're going to need your energy." She was right about that. My day was going to be a busy one. I was thankful to be starting it with a good breakfast. Digging into my bowl of fruit got me thinking about a lot more than just my busy day. It got me thinking about all the other living things on Earth. I know that I'm not the only one on the planet that needs energy. All living things do. So where does all of our energy come from? How do other living things get the energy that they need? I opened my science book to the chapter on the food chain. I couldn't believe what I learned.
 
2     The food for nearly every living thing on Earth can be traced back to the sun. First, light from the sun allows green plants to make their own food through a process called photosynthesis. This makes a plant a producer. It produces its own energy fuel. Next, those green plants become food for other living creatures, like rabbits. A rabbit grazing on greenery, for example, ingests the energy found inside the plant. A rabbit is a consumer. It cannot make its own energy. It must instead consume it from other sources. A rabbit is also primary consumer because it is the first animal to .....
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