Information For Kids And Families About Eating Organic

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 23, 2014 10:41:10 AM


Educating People Helps Them Make Healthy Choices

Organic describes produce that is grown without potentially harmful pesticides. Organic foods are natural. They are made using eco-friendly products. Eating organic is good for the environment, as it prevents water and air pollution. Organic food is healthy and is grown in organic soil that is free of toxins.

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Get Kids Interested In Organic Foods By Introducing Them To Engaging Literature

thumb-2 Molly's Organic Farm

by Carol L. Malnor and Trina Hunner (authors), Trina Hunner (illustrator) © 2012
ISBN: 9781584692294 AR: /

Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through – and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named “Molly” by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly’s eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children’s hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story

Books About Organic Living For Kids


Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about organic living. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to fruits, vegetables and green living. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help learn about taking good care of themselves at

thumb Go Organic RL 6

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2009
ISBN: 9781602916784

Features include: Reading level 3 books are Fountas-Pinnell level O, P, and Q; reading level 6 books are Fountas-Pinnell level W. Scientific terms are defined in context. Identical dramatic four-color covers (back cover band identifies books that are lower level). Teacher’s Guides with reproducible activities allow students to work from either text. Glossary defines difficult terms. “Did You Know?” sections contain interesting facts. End-of-book “Facts & Figures” section summarizes critical information. The index takes students directly to topics of interest.

thumb-7 Vegetable Dreams

by Dawn Jeffers (author), Claude Schneider (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781621671954

Young Erin has a dream. She must create a garden. Her vegetable garden becomes the unlikely place where friendship, belief in one’s dreams, and much more than vegetables grow. Determined to make the garden a reality that will give pleasure not only to herself but to other people as well, Erin learns many lessons in the process.

An old-fashioned story of a multi-generation friendship and the importance of sharing and nurturing dreams. This is truly a gentle, moving story.

thumb Vital Vegetables

by John Burstein (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797975 AR:

In this interesting new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the vegetable group. Children will learn about the incredible variety of vegetables and vegetable products, the history of vegetables in the human diet, what is special about dark green and leafy vegetables, what changes occur when vegetables are cooked, vegetables grown around the world, and how many vegetables a person needs each day.

thumb-2 Fabulous Fruits

by John Burstein (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797944 AR:

In this sweet new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the fruit group. Children will learn about the amazing amount of water in fruit, how fruit blossoms, why the tomato is considered a piece of fruit, the wide variety of products made with fruit, groves and orchards around the world, how worms get into apples, and how many fruits a person needs to eat each day.

Important Resources For Teachers

84573-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Pretty-Teacher-Reading-A-Story-Book-To-Diverse-ChildrenTeachers can utilize online teacher's guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at


This is a sample content based lesson that can be found in the Go Organic Teacher's Resource Guide

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thumb-5 Go Organic Teacher's Resource Guide CD

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9781602917767Designed to work with both differentiated levels of Think Green, these 24-page teacher’s guides, available on CD, were developed in consultation with several state educational standards and contain multiple components. Three lesson plans are included. These lesson plans are divided into sections: vocabulary, preview, reading the text, discussing the meaning, word work, extending the meaning, and, critiquing. The teacher’s guide also contains 11 worksheets (2 vocabulary, 1 writing, 1 index, 2 review, and 5 activity sheets).
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Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at

The recommended texts meet the CCSS for grade three.

Key Ideas and Details:

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Craft and Structure:

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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