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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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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. This book needs to be returned. 

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Our School Garden

Rick Swann

New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone—until he discovers the school garden! There’s so many ways to learn, and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot. Dig for bugs? “Roly-poly!” he yells. But the garden is much more than activities outdoors: making school garden stone soup, writing Found Poems and solving garden riddles, getting involved in community projects such as Harvest Day, food bank donations, and spring plant sales. Each season creates a new way to learn, explore and make friends. This book needs to be returned. 

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage–or a basketball–in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.

No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one for his innovative urban farming methods, including aquaponics and hydroponics.

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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. This book needs to be returned. 

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Seeds and Seedlings

Elaine Pascoe

This award-winning 12 volume science series continues. Easy-to-do projects introduce kids to the basics of scientific method (hypothesis, observation, conclusion) as they get a “hands on” understanding of the nature of living things. Stunning photos, fascinating background material, and focused experiments combine to teach biology and excite young students about scientific process. Each volume includes:

  • Materials Source List
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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Manual for Judging Oregon Soils

Herbert Huddleson, Gerald F. Kling

Covers soil basics such as soil formation, horizons, properties (including textural classes), profiles, site characteristics and evaluation, and the influences of soil characteristics on management decisions.

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Seed, Soil, Sun describes the miraculous process of air and water combining with seeds, soil and sunlight to create nearly all the food we eat. Students will be captivated by the amazing photographs and clear writing in this book. Click here for the lesson plan. If you would like the book, please check it out separately.

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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. This lesson is designed for groups of 4-5 students.

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Vegetable Garden

Douglas Florian

Children are fascinated by watching plants grow, and in this colorful picture book even very young children can follow along with a family as they plant, tend, and harvest a vegetable garden. Follow along as the sun shines brightly, summer rain falls, and vegetables ripen! This book needs to be returned. 

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