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Cows – A True Books

Sue Swan Miller

This series offers a detailed look at specific agricultural commodities, like cows. Students will discover the different breeds of cows, and which breeds are used for milk or meat production. An in-depth look at dairy cows shows how cows are milked and all of the daily chores a dairyman has to do. A great book for young readers.

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Tops and Bottoms

Janet Stevens

Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”

 

Beautiful pictures and a childish story of plants and harvesting the “tops and the bottoms”.

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A student’s depiction of Tops and Bottoms!

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Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear’s arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: -Blackberry Fun Facts -How we eat blackberries (with smoothie recipe) -Plants are the bottom of the food chain -Plants and Animals -How do animals help plants? -Are plants always good?

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Bluebird Summer

Deborah Hopkinson

Mags and Cody spend every summer with Gramps and Grandma at their farm, but after Grandma dies, the house is shadowed with sadness and the bluebirds are silent, so Mags decides to revitalize Grandma’s garden, and soon the bluebirds return and Gramps begins to heal, in a heartwarming story of family, loss, and compassion.

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Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen-it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! He just wishes the pollen were gone. When his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him! Pollen might be something we all love to hate, but can we really live without it? This story explains why we need it. This book will need to be 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.

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For over 70 years, Farmer John has been a cow guy. Not much surprises him any more, except for the day quadruplet calves were born on his dairy. The book with photographs of Farmer John and his Four Quart Girls tell the story of this special event. From the Farm to the Table series are books about agriculture designed for second and third grade readers. Each book highlights second grade vocabulary words. Kathy Coatney pens From the Farm to the Table series of non-fiction children’s books about agriculture.

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Utilize this inquiry box with our past virtual field trip video to Rickreall Dairy. In this box, you will find materials for The Mystery Ration lesson. Discover the nutrient requirements of dairy cows! Students will collaborate in teams to unlock feed examples through a series of escape boxes. As students work to unlock each escape box, they will be tasked with calculating rations using the Pearson Square method to provide a balanced meal for dairy cows to enjoy! Materials provided include 4 escape boxes, 6 feed samples, 6 scenario cards, 18 box cards, 8 3-digit locks and a treat for the final box. Materials are provided for 6 groups of students.

Find the a link to the virtual field trip video and lesson plan here.

Materials will be provided for 30 students. Due to grant funding restrictions, this resource is only available to classrooms and not individual students.

 

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Your students will learn how to make gyotaku (that’s Japanese for fish print) by using this realistic fish replica made of rubber, rolling it with block printing ink, and applying it to paper. Use the fish to create unique greeting cards and stationery, framed prints for hanging, wrapping paper – the ideas are endless!

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Utilize this inquiry box with our past virtual field trip video to Rickreall Dairy. In this box, you will find a set Our Dairy Cows Send Their Best booklets explaining the journey of milk from farm to table and a coloring page for each student. Also, included are six jars of feed samples for students to see up close as they explore the Oregon dairy industry with our tour guide Louie! Materials provided include 6 feed samples, Our Dairy Cows Send  Their Best booklets and a Rickreall Dairy coloring page. Materials will be provided for 30 students.

Find the a link to the virtual field trip video and lesson plan here.

Materials will be provided for 30 students. Due to grant funding restrictions, this resource is only available to classrooms and not individual students.
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