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This hands-on experiment demonstrates soil’s function as a water filter, as well as other physics concepts like hydrophobicity, soil absorption and adsorption, soil as a storage container for water, and the positive and negative charges of soil and contaminants. This kit include, 9oz cups with a hole, 10oz cups, sand, kool-aid and coffee filters. 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. This item does not need to be returned.

 

 

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Students investigate soil texture and determine the texture of several soil samples. View complete lesson here.  This kit includes 3 soil samples and a soil texturing triangle. This kit includes materials for a class sizes of 30 students. This item does not need returned. 

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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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This hands-on guide explores Mother Nature’s development of soil and soil enhancements through composting.

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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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Dirt – The Scoop on Soil

Natalie M. Rosinsky

Engage young readers in real science with this informative, fun, fact-filled book. This series is aligned with the standards, “The Earth” and “Forces of Nature” as required by Benchmarks for Science Literacy. This book needs to be returned. 

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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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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. This book needs to be returned. 

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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. This book needs to be returned. 

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“Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup.” So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tolls are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens…planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, shopping and cooking! In the end? “It was the best soup ever.” Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off! This book needs to be returned. 

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