Students will collect and make observations of soil samples. Students will compare the soil samples to each other and use the information they learn from the book Dirt by Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek.
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Parts of Soil – W.2.7
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.