Farmer George Plants a NationFarmer George Plants a Nation

By: Peggy Thomas
Grade Level:
3-5

A very accurate account of the contributions of George Washington. In addition to being a general and one of the first presidents of the United States, he also made contributions to agriculture. He had a self-sufficient farm in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The book includes excerpts from Washington’s writings, a timeline, resource section, and essays on his thoughts on slavery.

Enhance this book with the Literacy Guide. Students will describe the relationships between events and ideas in historical informational texts and explain how the author uses evidence to support information in nonfiction text. Students will also gain an understanding of composting and its many benefits.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
President’s Day | Culture | Time, Continuity, and Change | Scientists and their social and economic effects


pbj hoorayPB&J Hooray

By: Janet Nolan

How are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made? This book describes how peanuts become peanut butter, grapes are made into jelly, and wheat turns into bread. The fun rhythmic language is perfect for Pre K – Grade 2 students.

Enhance this book with the Literacy Guide. Students complete a sequencing activity to help identify where the ingredients from common foods come from with emphasis on wheat, a major Nebraska Crop.


Grandpas TractorGrandpa's Tractor

By: Michael Garland
Grade Level:
K-2

Once, the farmer’s best friend was a red tractor. Back then, the pastures were filled with cows, and the fields were full of corn. Today, the cows are gone and the rows of corn have been replaced with row after row of identical houses. Grandpa Joe brings his grandson Timmy back to the site of the family farm, where the old house and a ramshackle barn still stand. The visit evokes many memories for Grandpa Joe, which he shares with Timmy—in particular, the majesty of his own father's shiny red tractor, now rusting in the forgotten fields.


thomas jefferson grows a nationThomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

By: Peggy Thomas and Stacy Innerst
Grade Level:
3-6

Thomas Jefferson loved to grow everything- from fruits and vegetables and trees to... even his new nation! And he loved to boast that this new nation was big and beautiful and bountiful. As president, Jefferson doubled the size of the country in just one day. Back at home, he lovingly tended his gardens and fields and prepared America’s soil for the future. Grades 3-6.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
President’s Day | Culture | Scientists and their social and economic effect


Pumpkin CirclePumpkin Circle

By: George Levenson
Grade Level:
3-5

Pumpkin Circle provides a bug’s eye view and a bird’s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing and, finally, going back to earth. Told in verse and through dramatic photography as an orange gloved-gardener plants, tends and harvests a backyard pumpkin patch.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Processes and Structures | Living Things


top bottomTops and Bottoms

By:Janet Stevens
Grade Level:
K-2

Bear and hare are involved in a gardening project. Hare, the book's main character, tricks his lazy colleagues into sharing crops which only benefit the hard work of the hare. During the process children learn which foods grow above the ground and which grow below the ground, hence the title - tops and bottoms. This is a great book to introduce gardening topics.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Plants: Structures and Processes | Healthy Eating | Decision Making


First Peas to the TableFirst Peas to the Table

By: Susan Grigsby
Grade Level:
3-5

A fun work of fiction in which a girl competes in a classroom garden competition to see who can get the ‘first peas to the table.’ Based on the contest that Thomas Jefferson held with his friends and neighbors every year, this book seamlessly integrates school gardens, history, botany, and seasonal weather themes into one fun-to-read book. Teachers may even consider modeling a classroom science project after the one featured in this book.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Plants and Plant Structures | Germination | Science, Technology and Society | Inheritance and Traits


apple orchardThe Apple Orchard Riddle

By: Margaret McNamara
Grade Level:
K-2

Mr. Tiffin takes his class on a field trip to the local apple orchard. This book teaches where apples are grown, names of different varieties of apples and how apple cider and apple pie are made. Throughout the field trip students are trying to solve a riddle about apples.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Plants Structures and Processes | Problem-Solving | Healthy Eating


ClarabelleClarabelle

By: Cris Peterson
Grade Level:
3-5

By featuring a single cow (Clarabelle) and her calf on a large, modern-day Wisconsin dairy farm, Peterson describes all the latest technology that enables farmers to create energy and other by-products from their herds. And yes none of the modern-day machinery matches the miracle of production that is the cow herself. Vibrant, close-up photographs capture Clarabelle with her herdmates and her newborn calf as well as the family members of the dairy.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics | Earth and Human Activity | Structures and Processes


The BeemanThe Beeman

By: George Levenson
Grade Level:
K-5

Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees. You will learn where bees live, how honey is made, what a beekeeper does, and more.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Pollination | Processes and Structures | Rhyming


Seed Soil SunSeed, Soil, Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food

By: George Levenson
Grade Level:
K-2

Seed. Soil. Sun. With these simple ingredients, nature creates our food. Noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal in this book.

Example units and lessons this book could supplement:
Economic interdependence on Earth’s surface | Unity and Diversity | Structures and Processes