|A spiderweb, complete with yellow spider, fly, and a snail|
|F's preliminary study of decomposers|
|N's preliminary study - with web, snake, snail, and fly|
In sharing their work with the class, they suggested that the spider uses plants to hang its web. This also generated ideas about how animals decompose other animals and eat them - a great precursor to understanding living creatures' interdependency and how food webs work.
D: They might eat the leaves and use them like webbing.
S: I think that when the spiders eat the flies, that gives them energy to make a web.
L: The fly eats the plant and the spider eats the fly.
L: Web builders have spinnarets that spin the web and make it.
E: The spider wraps the fly up in silk and eats it.
T: The snail...I don't really think they eat the plant.
N: The snails can decompose the plant when it falls down.
T: I thought that when they move, they leave slime.
F: I've seen snails eat strawberry plants.
N: About the snake: I didn't know. I was just guessing. We could investigate. Do some snakes eat just plants?
This prompted another student to think about another animal that plays an integral role
in the decomposition/disintegration process:
|T's picture of the worms making the soil (soyll) and the birds who enjoy these tasty treats|