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Compost Stew

Mary McKenna Siddals

Kids everywhere can help the environment! Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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This guide explores using worms to transform food waste into a nutrient-rich finished product called vermicompost.

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Magnifying Loupes

The Private Eye

Students will enjoy exploring various objects, plants, and animals with magnifying loupes. They will learn to hypothesize, theorize, and discover through their observations. This kit includes instructions and pairs well with our Build a Mini Worm Bin lesson and Monocots and Dicots lesson.

Please put the number of students in your class in the quantity section at checkout to ensure the correct number of supplies gets to you.

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This Instructional Unit comes with four different activity guides: Budding Gardner’s, Branching Out, Digging Deeper, and the Helper’s Guide.

These books offer activities for in-door gardening, out-door gardening, flower arranging, composting and basic plant science.

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Worms Eat My Garbage

Mary Appelhof

Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil.

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Soil! Get the Inside Scoop

David L. Lindbo

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.

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Mighty Mole and Super Soil

Mary Quattlebaum

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.

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The Soul of Soil

Grace Gershuny, Joe Smillie

This a sensible book, well-focused, and highly readable handbook that provides essential information on the care of our most precious resource, our soil. Soil-building techniques include: organic matter management; on-site composting; cultivation and weed control; green manures and rotations; nutrient balances and soil testing; planning for organic certification. The Soul of Soil is more relevant than ever as the importance of organic certification is becoming widely recognized.

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Diary of a Worm

Doreen Cronin

This is the diary of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn’t have legs, he just can’t do the hokey pokey – no matter how hard he tries.

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Activities for all grade levels, nicely supplement Mary Appelhof’s book Worms Eat my Garbage. After completing the activities in this unit, the student will understand the physical characteristics of the earth worm, understand the behavior of the earthworm, understand the needs of the earthworm, understand the habitat of the earthworm, and understand the relationship of plant, mineral, and animal kingdoms to the earthworm.

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