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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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Most soils have an abundance of nutrients, but sometimes nutrients can diminish or become depleted when they are not replaced after being used up by the plant. Test your soil for Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K) using this kit. This kit does not 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. This book needs to be returned. 

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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. This book needs to be returned. 

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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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Soil! Get the Inside Scoop

David L. Lindbo

Go underground into the living world of soil. Explore how soil is part of our life–the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the houses we live in, and how it even helps to control our climate and protect our rivers and streams. Find out how soil is formed, why some soils are good for growing things and other are not, why you can pour sand but not clay. Then, take an around-the-world trip and dig into dry soils, wet soils, deep soils, and even frozen soils. Along the way, meet the scientists who work with soil every day and find out why they think soil is so much fun.

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Mighty Mole and Super Soil

Mary Quattlebaum

Below your feet, Mighty Mole is on the move. Like a swimmer in dirt, she strokes through the soil. Her tunnels are everywhere! She finds food, eludes a predator, has a family, and helps to make Super Soil. Moles live almost everywhere yet are rarely seen. Similarly, soil is a largely invisible ecosystem and yet is vital to the health of the world. Following the story, two Explore More for Kids pages offer a matching challenge and a review of some of the remarkable traits that make moles “mighty.” Two additional pages of Explore More for Teachers and Parents offers activities in visual and language arts, science, technology, and math. This book needs to be returned. 

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Revised in 2014, Tilth Alliance’s month-by-month manual is tailored to the Pacific Northwest climate and a helpful resource for gardeners of all levels, beginning to expert. The 128-page guide outlines each month’s garden tasks and lists hundreds of vegetable, herb and flower varieties to plant. It includes strategies for year-round gardening, articles about organic gardening techniques, resources, recipes and activities for kids.

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Seed, Soil, Sun

Cris Peterson

Seed. Soil. Sun. With these simple ingredients, nature creates our food. This beautifully written book by Cris Peterson, brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. The photography that conveys this story is a perfect fit for this story. The companion book to the Seed, Soil, Sun lesson plan and the Seed, Soil, Sun Kit. Please check the kit out separately.

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Seeds and Seedlings

Elaine Pascoe

This award-winning 12 volume science series continues. Easy-to-do projects introduce kids to the basics of scientific method (hypothesis, observation, conclusion) as they get a “hands on” understanding of the nature of living things. Stunning photos, fascinating background material, and focused experiments combine to teach biology and excite young students about scientific process. Each volume includes:

  • Materials Source List
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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