Students will research in small groups to create a class-wide visual presentation of how soil is made and who lives in soil.
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Who is Living in Our Dirt? – W.5.7 W.5.9
F.I.T. Family books to read at home with parents and younger siblings
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges
The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney
Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- Smithsonian Institute’s How Does Pizza Grow?
- Sustainable Food Laboratory
- School Garden Checklist by Let’s Move!
- Harvest Calendar for Rhode Island
- The Edible Schoolyard Project
- Wholesome Wave
- What is Soil? from Soil4Kids
- Engineering is Elementary’s Designing Plant Packages
- Printable Maps from National Geographic
- Cooking Light’s How to Make Pizza Dough
- IRA/NCTE Read Write Think
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Pizza, Grains, Cheese and Tomatoes
Butterworth, C. (2011). How Did that Get in my Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Child, L. (2000). I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
De Laurentiis, Giada. (2013). Recipes for Adventure: Naples! New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
Eamer, C. (2012). The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.
Integrated Marketing Services.(2012). Fresh Produce Guide: 300(+) Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs. Apopka, FL: Integrated Marketing Services.
Keller, L. (2003). Arnie, the Doughnut (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut). New York: Henry Holt and Co.
Pinkney, J. (2006). The Little Red Hen. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Rubin, A. and Salmieri, D. (2013). Secret Pizza Party! New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Sturges, P. (1999). The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). New York: Puffin Books.
Taus-Bolstad, S. (2013). From Wheat to Bread. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Creasy, R. (1994). Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books for Children.
Hardesty, C. (2000). Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.
Sierra, J. (2014). E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Stevens, J. (1995). Tops & Bottoms. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Zoehfeld, K.W., (2012). Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Bial, R. (2000). A Handful of Dirt. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc.
Kudlinski, K. (2005). What Do Roots Do? Minnetonka, MN: Northwood Books for Young Readers.
NSTA Press. (2001). Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press.
Schreiber, A. (1994). Log Hotel. New York: Scholastic Trade.
Silver, D. (1993). One Small Square: Backyard. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.
Tomecek, S. (2002). Dirt. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.
Cronin, D. (2003). Diary of a Worm. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.
French, V. (2009). Yucky Worms. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Holmes, K. (1999). Earthworms. Mankato, MN: Bridgestone Books.
Kalman, B. (2004). The Life Cycle of an Earthworm. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company.
Llewellyn, C., Watts, B. (2000). Earthworms. London: Franklin Watts.
Loewen, N. (2006). Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard. North Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books.
Pfeffer, W. (2004). Wiggling Worms at Work. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Ross, M.E., (1996). Wormology. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
Sunlight and Water
Bang, M., Chisholm, P. (2009). Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. New York: The Blue Sky Press.
Strauss, R. (2007). One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd.
Kingsolver, B. (2007). Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: Harper Perennial.
Lehr, S. (1991). The Child’s Sense of Developing Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.
Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Obama, M. (2012). American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown.
Pappas, C., Kiefer, B., and Levstik, L. (1999). An Integrated Language Perspective in the Elementary School: An Action Approach, Third Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.
Pollan, M. (2009). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. New York: Dial Books.