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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 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.

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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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“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!

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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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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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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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Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

In this learn-as-you-color, 24-page, science based adventure tail, young soil explorers will discover how Mighty Mini Microbe and her band of soil superheroes (with a little help from soil health farmers and friends) take care of plants, people, and planet Earth. This resource does not need to be returned.

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