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  1. The Best of Making Things

    The Best of Making Things

    By Ann Sayre Wiseman

    Why go to the mall when you can make things at home using materials recycled from around the house?

    This classic educational and creative text features 125 projects, carefully selected by the author to "develop natural curiosity and self-esteem," and to demonstrate "simple and important concepts that have shaped the cultures of the world."

    So when a child asks, "What can I do?" you can reply, "Make things! Paper from laundry lint! A bird feeder from clothes hangers! Chocolate pudding finger paintings! Beautiful fish & potato prints! A cardboard box loom that teaches weaving and math! A simple pattern to sew shirts, pants, or dresses!"

    The author's detailed and delightful drawings fill every page "so that children just starting out and grownups who have missed out can quickly grasp the ideas."

    Paperback $10.00

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  2. Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

    Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

    By Jeffrey M. Smith and Gerald Caussade

    School districts, supermarkets, and even whole countries have banned genetically engineered foods, fearing that they are not safe. Discover the evidence that confirm that these dangerous foods should never have been approved, and find out how to protect yourself, your family and the next generation.

    Three videos in one: includes an interview with Jeffrey M. Smith, footage of scientists, and a look at the miraculous improvement in student behavior that accompanied a change in diet at a Wisconsin school. Also included is a lecture by Smith on "The Health Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods and Their Cover-up."

    DVD $19.95

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  3. Wormania!

    Wormania!

    By Mary Appelhof and Caton Gauthier

    Wormania! offers kids a rare opportunity to view exciting images of live worms at work, and demonstrates how anatomy and physiology can be taught without having to dissect the worm. See a nightcrawler drag a leaf across the ground, the rhythmic beating of a worm's five pairs of hearts, and a baby worm hatching from its cocoon.

    Songwriter and entertainer Billy B. Brennan and the Brennan kids, Julian, Shannon, and James make this a fast-paced, educational, and entertaining video.

    VHS video $34.90

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  4. Worms Eat My Garbage

    Worms Eat My Garbage

    By Mary Appelhof

    A new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting--a process using redworms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil.

    Paperback $12.95

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  5. Worm Cafe

    Worm Cafe

    By Binet Payne and Paul Bourgeois

    The Worm Cafe: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes describes how a teacher and her students developed a system to compost lunchroom waste with worms and save their school $6000 per year. How they performed a waste audit, garnered support from school personnel. Discusses bins, bedding, maintenance, harvesting and using castings in the school garden. Contains earthworm diagrams, bulletin board materials, quizzes, letter to parents, charts, and dozens of resources. A manual for schools, small businesses and community groups. This comprehensive how-to manual gives complete steps for:

    • Conducting a school-wide waste audit
    • Incorporating lunchroom waste-composting into a recycling program
    • Determining worm bin size, location, and costs
    • What to use for worm bedding
    • Recognizing earthworm anatomy
    • Teaching about ecosystems and foodwebs with worm bins
    • Maintaining worm bins
    • Managing food-waste flow at your school or business
    • Harvesting worm castings
    • Student success with project-based learning

    Paperback $29.95

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  6. Worms Eat Our Garbage

    Worms Eat Our Garbage

    By Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris and Nancy Kostecke

    Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment curriculum uses over 150 worm-related classroom or home activities to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin."

    Paperback $22.95

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