That Funky Food Chain is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the students to become the consumers, producers, and decomposers that make life on earth possible. They'll show how plants get energy from the sun, plant-eaters from the plants, meat-eaters from the plant-eaters, and decomposers from the well, decaying remains of them all, right? In this groovy story, the meat-eaters (second-level consumers AKA carnivores) decide they're sick of their violent reputation, and decide to stop eating meat! How will that affect the others? Full of disco tunes that'll make everyone want to get up and boogie.
Topics covered: All energy comes from the sun, which allows plants/producers to create their own energy/sugar. Energy gets progressively passed through the food chain by first-level consumers/herbivores, followed by second-level consumers/carnivores. Finally, decomposers (insects, bacteria, and fungi) recycle the nutrients from the remains of those animals and their waste into the soil, beginning the process again.
All our products include a script and song files. Each play lasts about 30 minutes. Song files include the songs with vocals, as well as "karaoke" versions without vocals, for the students to use for the performance. Both are licensed for unlimited duplication for your class. All our plays are for students anywhere from 2nd through 6th grade, classes ranging from 10 to 40 students, and teachers who may have no background in putting on a play!
The songs are not cheesy, but catchy, and not just some guy on a little Casio keyboard who's never actually been in a classroom before. Each play correlates with national/state standards in both a core content area, such as Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, or Science, as well as a Performing Arts area, such as Music or Theater.