Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Library Treasure: In the Garden with Dr. Carver

This activity can be used to address the following Next Generation Science Standards 
K-ESS2-1.Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time
K-ESS2-2.Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

In the Garden with Dr. Carver is a book that that will benefit any child, or adult for that matter.

In this piece of historical fiction, aka "pretend biography" as my children described it, a fictional girl named Sally interacts with the Dr. George Washington Carver as he travels the Alabama country side teaching agriculture.

Susan Grigsby portrays Dr. Carver so vividly that the reader gets excited about gardening and inventing with items from the dump.  She gives us all an opportunity to be impacted by the character of this great man.

After we read the book the first time, my son spent an hour watching and sketching the wild life in our front yard.  He asked me if he can teach gardening like Dr. Carver.

I am thrilled that he has deepened his interest in nature and inventing, and that he has found a hero in Dr. George Washington Carver.

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