This sheet provides guiding questions for you to help students discover the relationships between living things in Because of an Acorn.
Students should be encouraged to ask any kind of question that they may have from reading the book and looking at the illustrations. They should use the Because of an Acorn student sheet to write down three questions from the book.
To probe the book's main theme of the interdependence of different organisms in a habitat, you can ask a few of your own questions, such as:
In the very beginning, the book says, "Because of an acorn, a tree." What is an acorn?
An acorn is the seed of an oak tree.
How do trees help birds?
They provide a place for building nests, a perch, protection from predators, shade, etc.
How do birds spread seeds?
They eat seeds, and poop them out later; they don't eat all the seeds on a plant, and some fall to the ground to grow into plants.
What kinds of fruits are there?
Blackberries, blueberries, apples, oranges, grapes, etc.
What kinds of animals eat chipmunks?
Snakes, hawks, foxes, coyotes, etc., eat chipmunks. They are animals called "predators" who eat "prey."
How do acorns get to the ground?
They are knocked off branches by hawks and other animals; they are gathered by squirrels and buried; they just fall off.
Name everything you can think of that would be found in a forest habitat.
This teacher sheet is a part of the Because of an Acorn lesson.