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Math in the garden

Jennifer M. White, Katharine D. Barrett, Jaine Kopp, Christine Manoux, Katie Johnson, Yvette McCullough

This engaging curriculum uses a mathematical lens to take children on an education-filled journey in the garden. Dozens of trial-tested, standards-based activities hone math skills while promoting inquiry, language arts and nutrition.

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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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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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One Plastic Bag

Isatou Ceesay and The Recycling Women of Gambia

The inspiring true story of how one African women began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag become two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

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Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment—observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory—years before scientists had any notion of genes. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

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A gust of wind lifts a maple seed, sending it spinning like a shiny green helicopter through the sky. Where will it land? From splashing away in a raindrop to scurrying with scampering squirrels to hitching rides on your sleeves and socks, seeds have many ingenious ways to traveling to new places, growing roots, and beginning the cycle again.

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From Sea to Salt

Lisa Owings

How does the salt in the sea become the salt you use at the dinner table? Follow each step in the process from evaporating the seawater to shipping the salt to a store in this fascinating book!

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From Sheep to Sweater

Robin Nelson

How does sheep’s wool turn into cozy clothing? Follow each step in the production cycle–from shearing a sheep to pulling on a warm sweater–in this fascinating book!

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Over on the Farm

Marianne Berkes

A counting book in rhyme presents various farm animals and their offspring, from a mother hen and her “little chick one” to a mother pig and her “little piglets ten.” This book also includes related facts and activities.

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