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Food from the Ocean

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Strong Explanatory Essay

In this explanatory essay, a student explains the importance of oceans as a food source.

Title: Food from the Ocean

Level: Grade 4, Grade 5

Mode: Explanatory Writing

Form: Explanatory Essay

Completed Rubric: Food from the Ocean Rubric

Blank Rubric: Explanatory Rubric

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Food from the Ocean

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Food from the Ocean

When you look at a globe, you will see five different oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian, the Arctic, and the Southern. However, if you look closer, you will see that these oceans are connected. What we have on the Earth is actually one big ocean. This one big ocean provides salt and food for people all over the world.

First of all, salt is one of Earth's most important minerals. It comes from the rocks in the ocean and can be found nearly everywhere in the world. As the waves, tides, and currents beat on the rocks, salt is broken loose and dissolved into the water. The salt in the ocean is the same kind of salt you put on your popcorn and French fries. Salt is also used to preserve foods in places where there are no refrigerators.

In addition to salt, the ocean is home to countless fish and shellfish. Some of the most popular fish are cod, tuna, and sea bass. But you can find different kinds of fish in nearly every country in the world. The same thing is true for crustaceans and shellfish. Some parts of the world have lots of shrimp, while other parts have more lobster and crab. And oysters and clams can be found on the menu in nearly every country in the world.

Finally, did you know that you have probably eaten seaweed and didn't even know it? Seaweed can be found in certain kinds of ice cream and hot fudge. It helps to make them smooth and easy to eat. In some parts of the world, seaweed is eaten as a vegetable. It can be served with rice or in stir-fried foods.

So even if you have never been to an ocean, the ocean has come to you. Maybe you tasted it on a bowl of popcorn, have eaten it as a fish dinner, or enjoyed it on top of a hot fudge sundae. The ocean is part of all of our lives in different ways. But most important of all, the ocean is a major source of food for the entire world.


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