Go underground into the living world of soil. Explore how soil is part of out life–the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the houses we live in , and how it even helps to control our climate and protect our rivers and streams. Find out how a soil becomes a soil, why some soils are good for growing things and other are not, why you can pour sand but not clay. Then, take an around-the-world trip and dig into dry soils, wet soils, deep soils, and even frozen soils. Along the way, meet the scientists who work with soil every day. And find out why they think soil is so much fun.
Below your feet, Mighty Mole is on the move. Like a swimmer in dirt, she strokes through the soil. Her tunnels are everywhere! She finds food, eludes a predator, has a family, and helps to make Super Soil. Moles live almost everywhere yet are rarely seen. Similarly, soil is a largely invisible ecosystem and yet is vital to the health of the world. Following the story, two Explore More for Kids pages offer a matching challenge and a review of some of the remarkable traits that make moles “mighty.” Two additional pages of Explore More for Teachers and Parents offers activities in visual and language arts, science, technology, and math.
Animals, Insects, Soils
| Type: Book | Age: K - 3rd
Who Grew My Soup? is a delightful story about a boy named Phineas who declares he won’t eat his soup until he knows where it came from. The companion book to the Give Me Five! lesson plan and the Give Me Five! Kit. Please check the kit out separately.
Foods & Nutrition, Gardening, Literacy Project Books
| Type: Book | Age: K - 4th
All of the basics about bees can be found in this book. Students will learn about anatomy, beekeeping, what bees make for us, and so much more. Easy to read, with lots of pictures, this book will have students buzzing about bees!
Farming, Foods & Nutrition, Lifecycles
| Type: Book | Age: K - 5th
How sweet it is. Thousands of bees visited more than one million flowers to gather the nectar that went into that one-pound jar of honey. Here’s the buzz on how these remarkable insects work together to create this amazing food.