Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils: A Hands-on Resource for Teachers

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In 1876, the same year that saw the birth of Percival Proctor Baxter, who would make it his life's work to save Katahdin for the people of Maine, three young brothers, George T., James W., and Joseph Sewall, all of Old Town, and their friend and distant cousin, Edwin "Ned" Hunt, set off on a North Woods adventure. With a light boat, a tent, two blankets apiece, a rifle, gun, fishing apparatus, fifty pounds of flour, twenty pounds of salt pork, and "a sufficent quantity" of sugar, tea, cornmeal, molasses, salt, ...

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Overview

In 1876, the same year that saw the birth of Percival Proctor Baxter, who would make it his life's work to save Katahdin for the people of Maine, three young brothers, George T., James W., and Joseph Sewall, all of Old Town, and their friend and distant cousin, Edwin "Ned" Hunt, set off on a North Woods adventure. With a light boat, a tent, two blankets apiece, a rifle, gun, fishing apparatus, fifty pounds of flour, twenty pounds of salt pork, and "a sufficent quantity" of sugar, tea, cornmeal, molasses, salt, pepper, beans, and cheese, they traveled by train to the railhead at Abbot Village, by wagon to Moosehead Lake, and then began to row and paddle and sail and portage their way towards Katahdin, across lakes, down streams, through rapids, and over the "carrys."

George Sewall's lively account is illustrated with pencil sketches that capture both humorous moments and the beauty of the wilderness. While their route saw some signs of logging, the area they traveled was largely untouched. >From the top of Katahdin, "down for three thousand feet beside us fell away the land, and then forest-covered plains extended league on league...on the west, south, and north, half a dozen clearings were all that took away from the forest wildness of the landscape."

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
...not only a valuable record of a long-ago time and place, but also brims with fresh enthusiasm of youthful adventure.
Portland Sunday Telegram
Every so often, history gives up a forgotten gem that is not just informative but downright brilliant.
Children's Literature
Want to help kids plant a rainbow garden? Build a worm condo? Understand how much sugar one cola contains? This is the book for you. A Hands-on Resource for Educators is the subtitle of this teaching manual. Food choices affect not only personal health but also local economics and global environmental concerns. You can lead children to consider ways to create a healthier and more sustainable future. Authors Patten and Lyons have been using these concepts and methods in their teaching since 1995 when they started a pilot project with funding from the USDA's Food & Consumer Service. Four sections cover where food comes from, food choices and nutritional issues, putting garbage to work, and growing your own food. Lessons are keyed to the "Benchmarks for Science Literacy" with each lesson providing goals, key points, background information, instructions, and other helpful resources. Sprinkled throughout the sections are hands-on activities like making pizza dough and constructing worm condos. From Agriculture to Zoo Gardens, this manual can support your classroom efforts to bring a greater awareness of food and nature to your students. 2003, Tilbury House Publishers, Ages 5 to 12.
— Chris Gill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884482420
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction x
How to Use This Guide xi
Using Puppets: Annelida in the Classroom xiv
Where Does Food Come From? 1
Lets Get Grounded 1
It's a Small World Demonstrate the finite nature of earth's resources 2
Are All Soils Created Equal? Make soil quality comparisons 6
Alive and Thriving! Play a micro-farm game to learn what plants need 10
Go to Seed! Welcome a classroom visitor to illustrate seed germination 15
Sprout Yourself! Take a storytelling break 18
Bark and Seeds for Breakfast Play a guessing game and snack on plant parts 21
Who Grows Our Food? 25
What Is Locally Grown? Map the sources of the food you eat 26
Old-Fashioned Food Conduct a mini-oral history project 31
Once Upon a Farm Take a storytelling break: visit the agricultural life gone by 35
Visiting a Grower Organize a field trip to an "outdoor classroom" 39
Figuring Out Our Food System Create a food system collage 44
The ART in AgRiculTure Harvest a crop of poems 48
Choosing Food for Body & Soul 51
Choosing for Health 52
Dear Diary... Keep a food and health diary 53
Pyramids Near You Plan a regional menu using the food pyramid 59
Anatomy in Action Build a model digestive tract 63
Read the Small Print Practice consumer skills 67
What Are "Whole Foods"? Differentiate between processed and unprocessed foods 71
Pick a Food, Any Food Classify a "typical" diet using a Venn diagram 75
French Fries and Couch Potatoes Analyze television's influence on food choices 78
Sugar Detectives Find the sources of hidden sugar in common foods 83
What If All I Ate Were Potato Chips? Examine the consequences of food choices in a "typical" diet 87
Feast for the Eyes Design food for beauty--way beyond ants on a log! 91
Choosing for Taste 93
The Global Staff of Life Bake with whole grains 94
Guess with Gusto! Play a guessing game to experience the range of senses 99
Taste Buds Rule Explore the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the salty, and "umami" 102
Oodles of Noodles Compare, then prepare a pasta meal 105
What's for Lunch? Travel the Internet to learn about lunch around the globe 110
Traditions at the Table Trace the roots of different food traditions and customs 113
Choosing for Costs 116
Dollars and Sense Calculate and compare prices based on nutrients 117
Farm to Table Calculate the travel costs for foods you consume 123
Dear Diary ... Again Reviewing our food and health diary 128
Putting "Garbage" To Work 131
Tracking Food Waste 132
It All Adds Up Chart your lunchroom's food waste 133
Lunch at the Dump Tour a landfill, transfer station, or recycling facility 138
Recycled Art Create puppets using recycled objects 143
A Worm's-Eye View of Composting 147
Vermicomposting Basics Sidebar 148
Vermi-Condos Build a small-scale "worm farm" for classroom observations 153
What Worms Want How to make authentic vermicompost in the classroom 157
Compost Creatures and Friends Play Worm Bin Bingo and make a Worm Bin Field Guide 164
Black Gold: A Small Business Lesson Composting for change! 170
Let's Grow Our Own 173
Room to Grow Imaginary play activity provides review of garden basics 174
Vegetable Pop-Up Puppets Make vegetable puppets that "grow"! 179
What Does Your Garden Grow? A review of practical hands-on garden basics 181
The Real Dirt Sidebar 184
Grow a Row Sidebar 187
The Classroom Is Sprouting Observe seed germination close-up! 190
Sow Many Seeds! Celebrate diversity and variety in the garden 195
Theme Gardens Sidebar 198
How to Keep a Good Thing Going Preserving food for later 200
Soil Made My Supper! Dramatize the food cycle through a "Theater in the Round" 203
Appendix 207
Glossary 207
Commoner's Laws of Ecology 212
Ten Steps for Taking Action 214
Food Security and Food Recovery 215
Making Food with Children 217
Selected Nutrition Information 219
What Do We Have in Common with Plants? 221
Dietary Guidelines 223
Creating a Recycled Sock or Nylon Wiggler Puppet 225
Bibliography 228
Index 249
Finale: The Salad Garden Cafe and a Salsa Fiesta! 255
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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    good resource for studying about how food is grown

    Where does our food come from? I know, I know! The grocery store. As our society has become more urban and less rural, fewer and fewer children understand what is involved in growing the food that we eat. Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils is intended to help solve this problem. It weaves down-to-earth activities from a variety of disciplines to illustrate where food comes from, how our bodies use food, and what happens to food waste. The 49 individual lessons are divided into four main sections: "Where Does Food Come From?", "Choosing Food for Body and Soul," "Putting 'Garbage' to Work," and "Let's Grow Our Own."
    The lessons move across traditional disciplines with activities which give children a chance to sing, act, make models, grow food, create collages, taste new food, keep journals, chart food waste, and learn to love worms. For traditional school educators, each lesson is keyed to the "Benchmarks for Science Literacy," providing simple goals; key points written in "kid" language; ample background information for the activity; clear "how to" instructions; classroom conversations; suggestions for further discussion; lesson links; children's literature links; and relevant annotated resources. Many activities include action steps and tips to make teacher planning easier. Also a number of lessons ask children to reflect on their own choices thus encouraging critical thinking.
    One special feature of the book is a teaching puppet named Annelida the earthworm, and there is detailed information on how to create and use a recycled sock or stocking puppet. A series of appendices including a glossary, an extensive bibliography for further resources, and an index complete the book and add to its usefulness. Many homeschooling families are involved in homesteading, organic gardening, and natural foods, and these lessons would be a great addition to their curriculum. While it is intended primarily for the classroom, it could be easily used in the homeschool. In fact, the authors say, "This guide is adaptable and can be used in many different settings besides the classroom. Parents, environmental educators, homeschoolers, volunteer coordinators, clubs, and service groups will also find a wealth of interesting activities and useful information in this guide."

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