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Teach students about life cycles by learning about worms and the ways they benefit the garden and farms. Through reading literature and completing hands-on activities, the class will conduct a worm investigation and observe that the organisms (and other animals) need food, air and space to grow.

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Written in both Spanish and English, this book is an outstanding introduction to apple production for young readers. The story follows a young apple grower from the farm to the market and ties in with math and science education. A great book for the classroom!

Introduce students to the systems farmers use to sell the vegetables and fruits (apples!) they grow. Set up a “farmers market” in the classroom where students will sort, sell, and buy apples.

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When it’s time to pick apples everyone in town helps, including Anna and her family.

All about different kind of apples, including how they are grown and sold.

How apples grow and what you can do with them.

All about apples in words and photographs, a great book for early readers.

One family’s journey picking apples and making applesauce.

A boy and grand-mother pair team up to make several batches of applesauce throughout apple season. They pick the best apples from the farmers market and work together in the kitchen to craft this delicious, seasonal treat. Step-by-step instructions and a detailed recipe are included to help readers recreate Grandma’s applesauce.

This book takes readers on one family’s journey of collecting fruits and vegetables from the woods, orchards, and garden all year long. Along the way, the family works together to put up applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and other delicious treats for the winter. You’ll find recipes in the back.