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Green Gardening and Composting

Aloian, Molly (Author)
Crabtree 2013. 24 pages
First published: 2013
Series: The Green Scene
ISBN: 9780778702764 (paperback)
9780778702627 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 631.5
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this small-but-mighty resource for beginner gardeners, clear and concise language is supported by large type, and the book is fully illustrated with colour photography.

Segments such as “Green Gardening,” “Help from Birds and insects” and “Making Compost” are packed with information and illustrative photographs, as well as helpful tips and activity ideas in a fun sidebar format. “Making natural pest spray is easy! In a spray bottle mix one or two tablespoons of any of the foods shown below with water… to help keep pests away without harming the environment.”

The photography is well chosen for its purpose. Young readers will see seedlings in egg cartons, rain barrels and composting worms, along with inspiring shots of roof, community and small home gardens.

Back material offers an index, glossary, and suggested books and websites for further reading.

Designed with children in mind, this useful little book is perfect for budding ecologically-minded gardeners of any age.

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    On cards, write fun facts about green gardening and composting. Post them around your school.

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    Find out current practices at your school. Write a letter to the principal asking for one of the suggestions in the book to be implemented.

  •  

    Using new words from the “Words to Know” section, make a crossword. Help people to understand their definitions by writing clear clues.

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    Learn how to make compost. Write out directions for other students.

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    As you read, insert colour-coded sticky notes for unfamiliar words (blue) and confusing ideas (yellow). Re-visit the book with others and figure out the meanings.

  •  Talk about what you do around your house in terms of gardening, composting or reusing objects in your garden.
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    Make a list of fun facts to tell people about green gardening and composting. Write the ideas on cards and post them around your school.

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    Look at what is being done in your surroundings (school, city) to promote green gardening and composting. Discuss what more could be done. Take action!

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    Find out what is already happening in terms of composting and gardening at your school. Write a letter to the principal asking for one of the suggestions in the book to be implemented.

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    Using the book for ideas, create a plan to add one green activity at your school.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology