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The Beeman

Laurie Krebs, Valerie Cis

Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees, including: where they live, how honey is made, and what a beekeeper does. The companion book to the Busy Bees lesson plan and the Busy Bees Kit. Please check the kit out separately.

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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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This is a wonderful collection of gardening projects for children. Twelve spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that teachers and students can grow together. The beautiful illustrations will motivate you to start your own garden.

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Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

Roseanne Greenfield Thong

In this lively picture book that Booklist, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!

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A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring’s new growth, summer’s heat, and fall’s bounty to winter’s well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it’s time to sleep.

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Invites young readers to find various quantities of such things as farm animals and tools which are labeled in the illustrations of rural scenes, including a sheep farm, an orchard, a rice paddy, and bee hives.

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“Sometimes bees can be a bit rude.
They fly in your face and prance on your food.”

And yet… without bees, we might not have strawberries for shortcakes or avocados for tacos!

Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing About Bees is a Norman Rockwell-inspired Sunday in the park, a love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat.

Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand.

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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.

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NW Food Wheel

Maggie, Sarah, and Jessica

The Northwest wheel shows foods sourced from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho as well as from coastal waters. Some of the unique local foods available in the region include an abundance of wild and cultivated berries, unique seafood items like geoduck!

The wheel is 12 inches in diameter printed on card stock in bright, full color by GreenerPrinter in Berkeley, CA. On the back of the wheel is an alphabetical seasonality reference that provides additional information about each of the foods depicted on the front.

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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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