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Spring

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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A young boy and his dog are sick of winter, so they plant a garden and begin to wait. And wait, and wait.  Just when it seems as though the brown will never become green, spring magically appears!  This book is a quick read that benefits from paying close attention to the beautifully illustrated pages.

Students will make observations and build an understanding of the properties of common objects in the garden. They will share information about what is in the garden by describing the objects through illustration and descriptive writing.

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Through a hands-on activity, students learn about mapping and construct a “bird’s-eye-view” picture of a garden bed. Students work together to make group decisions in planning a classroom garden.

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Students learn about communication by exploring honey bees and comparing them to other insects and animals. This lesson introduces students to the collaboration and cooperative efforts required for honey bee survival.

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March is a time for change and renewal, winter turns into spring, and everything awakens from its deep slumber. In this book you will find an overview of things that historically happened in March, and things that still occur during this month.

Guide students in using scientific inquiry to observe and learn about several varieties of a vegetable. Create a line plot to record the results of a class tasting and interpret the data collected on the line plot.

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In the last, chilly days of winter, a young boy longs for summer. His mother points out all of the signs of the changing season: buds swelling on trees, ducklings on the pond, seeds sprouting in the garden…. and they celebrate together when summer finally arrives by eating ripe, red, strawberries.

Watch as Lucy and Mamie bring a little spring into Mamie’s house during the cold winter months. Together they grow a paperwhite bulb.