The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book

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The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book


Lord, Richard, Science and Children


The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book

By Kari Cornell. $26.60. 32 pp. Millbrook Press. New York. 2015. ISBN: 9781467726474.

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A great way to captivate students' interest in a life science or biology class is to surround them with living organisms. Though many classrooms may not be set up for extensive displays of living animals, plants often can be used to provide an impressive living environment.

If your school is in an appropriate climate and fortunate enough to have an outside area that can be used as a garden, students can become involved in a variety of activities that will teach them how plants develop, mature, and reproduce. They can follow plants from seed germination to harvest, and they can observe the ecological relationships between plants and animals, which include pollination and the control of pests by other insects and birds. They can also learn about interactions of plants with abiotic environmental factors such as soil, water, temperature, and light.

Though not written specifically for schools, this book is filled with suggestions for ways to teach how plants live and reproduce. It provides detailed instructions for a variety of activities, which are grouped by season. …

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