Feldwood STEM Book of the Month

September 2016

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Publisher's Review

In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves ... and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world--earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow--populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

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About the Author

Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for children have been awarded Best Book selections by the New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education. Ms. Messner has spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain, which is located mainly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York), but partially situated across the Canada–US border in the Canadian province of Quebec. She loves spending time with her family outdoors, whether it's kayaking in the summer or skating on the frozen lake when the temperature drops.

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September Challenge

Read Up in the Garden and Down in the Earth by Kate Messner. Write a summary. Then, design a model of a plant that grows up in the garden OR create a model of an animal or insect that lives down in the dirt. Your above ground model should show a root system, stem, leaf and flower(s). If you choose to create an underground model, it should show the insect or animal body parts along with its unique adaptations. Both models should be designed to stand upright by itself. All work should be done at home and brought to school only when it is complete. Teachers may also choose to share the book with students as a read aloud and complete the activity as a classroom STEM literacy project, making appropriate connections to our School Learning Garden.


If you choose to accept this challenge, your model is due in class on Friday, September 30, 2016.

ALL COMPLETED DESIGN CHALLENGES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE MEDIA CENTER.


YOUR DISPLAY MUST INCLUDE YOUR SUMMARY OF THE BOOK.

GOOD LUCK STEMtastic SCHOLARS!

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