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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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This short, Level 2 reading book takes a look at a young girl’s favorite day of the week: Market Day.  Children will enjoy the beautiful paintings and simple descriptions depicting what it’s like to be a family that grows and sells their own food at local Farmers Markets.  Young students will surely want to complete the art activity at the end of the book that can also be a math and communication skills lesson!

FoodMASTER provides lessons that allow students to apply their math and science skills to real-world practices in the kitchen.  The teacher edition explains what teachers are responsible for throughout the class, and suggests how to space out the lesson so time is used as efficiently as possible.  The student edition provides fun classroom activities and short quizzes to ensure they are picking up on the objectives of the lesson.  These projects will have students excited about math and science once again!

When looking back and thinking about your favorite childhood books that helped shape our imagination and inspire wonder, what pops into your head:  A dry, to-the-point science textbook, or an elaborate picture book about Mexican jumping beans?  Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan have theorized that reading science textbooks alone won’t capture a child’s attention enough to have them retain the information they’re learning in science class.  If you combine science lessons with interesting picture and story-books, however, they will have something to relate this new information to, and there’s a better chance they will understand these new concepts in more […]

Science plus gardening gives us the “Life Lab”, where students can observe with their own eyes the concepts they learn in science class.  In this book, Roberta and Gary have provided more than 150 field-tested, garden based activities that will get students outside observing our world’s natural rhythms while potentially sparking a scientific interest in them that will never leave.  There are so many life-lessons to be learned from gardening, and this book will give teachers creative ideas on how to get their students interested in gardening, ecology, biology, and even nutrition.

Peek underground, dig into the wonders of roots and discover all the amazing things roots do for trees and plants.