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Winter

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

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Introduce students to different farm animals and what food and materials they can provide us and our community.

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Students become familiar with “My Plate,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program and teaching tool. Through an exploration of whole foods, they develop an understanding of good nutrition, food groups, and well-balanced meals. They will be able to identify healthy foods and will be empowered to make good food choices.

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

Students will learn about seasonal weather patterns and their effects on local farms and gardens and use qualitative and quantitative measurements to describe weather.

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While Trisha and her family prepare for the Jewish holidays, the neighboring Kremmel family is preparing for Christmas. When scarlet fever strikes the Kremmel family, Trisha and her grandmother help make the Kremmel’s Christmas a special one.

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.
Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter landscape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich’s Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.