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Swamp Chomp
by Lola M. Schaefer
Paul Meisel, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823424078 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Science & Nature
Recommendations: A, K, LMC, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RI.K-3. 1, 2, 5, 7
W.1.2, 5, 7, 8
SL.1.2, 4-6
L.1.1, 4-5
RL.1.1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10

About the Book
In this dynamic book about the food chain, swamp animals glide through the wetlands as they hunt down their next meal.

It's nearly lunchtime in the swamp. Insects buzz, fish slither, and turtles glide through the wetlands as they hunt down their next meal. Listen to the sounds of the swamp: Splash—Scratch—Swish. Look out . . . the alligator is ready to CHOMP!

Vibrant paintings show hungry swamp creatures above and below water, from the tiniest bugs to the biggest reptiles. Learn more about food chains and the balance of nature from additional information at the back of the book.


"Detailed images entice young readers to explore for hidden treasures within this ecosystem. . . . A satisfying introduction to ecosystems and food chains."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What does author Lola Schaefer want to describe or explain? Do you think Swamp Chomp is a good title for this book? Write your opinion. RI.1-2.2, 3, 4 / W.1-2.1
2. Create a swamp food chain using the events from the story. RI.1-2.3
3. What did you learn about the swamp from the words in the story? What did you learn from looking at the illustrations? Describe the differences. RI.1-2.6
4. Using a page from the book, produce and expand a complete simple and compound sentence. Draw a picture of the expanded sentence. L1-2.1 / SL.1-2.5 Ex) page 28: "Turtles dive. Snap." New sentence: The turtles in the swamp dive and snap.