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© 2018 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 34, No. 40 Looking for a healthier sort of snack? Give these a try as a fun way to eat more veggies! any experts believe that school gardens offer a powerful _______________ to the sugary path leading to childhood obesity. Growing food in a school garden not only teaches students where food comes from and how it grows, but also helps kids to establish _______________ eating habits. The fruits and vegetables grown can even become part of a school’s __________ program. You don’t even need a plot of land to grow plants. Window boxes or __________________ can easily provide a start for early learners. A __________________ garden or a water garden also provide learning opportunities. Draw a line from each vegetable picture to its name. How many can you identify correctly? Check your answers below and score 3 points for every one you get right. Give yourself an extra 3 points for each of these vegetables that you have eaten in the last 10 days. But gardens can provide other _________, too. When kids grow gardens, they learn about plants, soil, __________________ and water management, and the fields of biology, ecology and environmental studies. They will probably pay closer ______________ to the weather. A classic: Spread a little peanut butter on a celery stick and top with some raisins. For a new taste treat, try using different kinds of berries as your “ants.” Crush up some bran flakes or other whole-grain dry cereal into “sand.” Mix in raisins (ants) and stir. Use strawberries as ladybugs. Standards Link: Visual Descrimination: Find similarities and differences in common objects. Here’s an easy way to start a garden of your very own. You’ll need an adult helper, a sunny window and patience! With an adult’s help, cut the top off an empty milk carton. Punch five small holes in the bottom of the carton for drainage. Fill the carton with soil about an inch from the top. Plant three to five seeds and gently push them into the soil. What fraction of each type of vegetable is growing in this school garden? Standards Link: Number Sense: Identify fractions. Chop carrots into sticks. Brush them with a little olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary. Bake them at 425° for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender. On one page of the newspaper, find the letters that spell these vegetables that gardeners like to grow. Connect the dots that spell each word. onion raddish kale cabbage carrot artichoke beet broccoli Place your planter on pepper zucchini a plate in a window and dampen the soil with water. ARTICHOKE BROCCOLI CUCUMBER LETTUCE APRICOT RADISH GRAPES CELERY MELON PLUMS PEARS KALE LIME FIGS CORN Mash up a banana. Spray an ice cube tray with a little nonstick cooking spray. Place the mashed banana into the tray and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight. Dip the frozen cubes in yogurt for a cool treat. Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally. B E A T O C I R P A T R T O C E L E R Y C G O E C U T T E L Complete the grid by using all the letters in the word GARDEN in each vertical and horizontal row. Each letter should only be used once in each row. Some spaces have been filled in for you. A R K C N L I F B P P A A O C C L I M E L P L D H O N G U A U E E O I R L S C R M S K L O S Y I U S S E G C R O H W C N Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns. Ode to Fruit Sounds Good To crop a picture is to cut away, change the size or eliminate parts that detract from the overall image. Cut out ten pictures from the newspaper. Crop each picture until you have an image you think is just right. Write a poem about your favorite kind of fruit. Standards Link: Visual Arts: Understand what makes different art techniques effective in communicating ideas. NIE SpoNSorS Premier Properties Kings County Trophy Suzanne Marienau Cardoza, O.D.