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  • Item #: 008922
    ISBN: 9780142410318
    Retail: $7.99
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    A young boy finds a ticket to a special visit to the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory. This book provides a good foundation for discussion on greed/covetousness vs. humility and acceptance.

  • Item #: 001570
    ISBN: 9780140326093
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    Join acclaimed Swedish storyteller Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking books) on a visit to three farms in the Swedish countryside. Everyone calls the group of farms "Noisy Village" because six spirited children live there. Nine-year-old Lisa, her older brothers Karl and Bill, and their friends Olaf, Britta, and Anna embark on many humorous adventures that give readers a peek at Swedish customs—including crayfishing in the summer, "dipping in the pot" at Christmastime, and "nutting" for the New Year. Ilust by Ilon Wikland. 124 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: MP2RWO
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  • Item #: LRS2DN
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  • Item #: 071307
    ISBN: 9780399555244
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  • Item #: 067580
    ISBN: 9780062433084
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    Paddington takes on the housekeeper role. His efforts to help the Brown household with plumbing projects and chimney cleaning get messy in a hurry, and his visit to a local marmalade factory gets the bear into more sticky trouble.

  • Item #: 060629
    ISBN: 9780500238806
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    Highlighting the masterpieces of 20 great painters from the 15th to 20th century, you will dig deeper into the works of both householdname artists as well as more unfamiliar artists – the mix includes van Eyck, Botticelli, Millais,
    Morisot, Chardin, Uccello, and Gaugin, among others. Study a masterpiece from each artist, examining how its unique elements were created. Hone in on certain aspects and compare this work to others by the same artist. The text takes a unique approach in describing the art: it is written as though we are standing there as the artist works. The author’s style is explained in a conversational, story-like form. While I found this style appealing and easily digestible, be aware that the author does take a certain level of liberty, such as fictionalizing some of
    the artist’s thoughts and feelings. This book also analyzes the original intended audience, how the painters bucked established artistic trends, and how audiences have responded through the years. This is a beautiful book with 134 illustrations (126 in color), including a full reproduction of each highlighted masterpiece. With each painting, the “Why Don’t You?” inset suggests an activity, such as journaling, a visit to an art museum, or drawing horizon and perspective. Note: a handful of paintings and sculptures with nude subjects are selected. For each artist, you will also find a portrait and web links to view
    additional artwork; a chronology is in the back. Includes a glossary and a list of art museums to visit. 10” x 11 ¾”, 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 050509
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    Through a story of three siblings' visit to the New England shore, high school students will learn about sea creatures, the ocean and biology.

  • Item #: 048693
    ISBN: 9780978552374
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  • Item #: 042220
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  • Item #: 033825
    ISBN: 9780152938239
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    Quirky poems inspired by William Blake tell the tale of a traveler going to William Blake's Inn. These inventive poems involving people at the inn and the animals who work, live, and visit there are depicted in beautiful illustrations on almost every page. This Newberry Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book will amuse readers with its unique style. Written by Nancy Willard. Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. 45 pgs, pb. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 032458
    ISBN: 9780060581800
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    Your favorite childhood stories are now accompanied by full-color illustrations! This boxed set contains the first five books in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The books feature Garth Williams' colorful, old-fashioned illustrations, which were inspired by his visits to the actual locations. A wonderful set for reading out loud to your children! – elise
  • Item #: 032457
    ISBN: 9780060754280
    Retail: $44.99
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    This boxed set contains the first five books in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The books feature Garth Williams' colorful, old-fashioned illustrations, which were inspired by his visits to the actual locations.

  • Item #: 030073
    ISBN: 9780545042208
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    The triangle becomes dissatisfied with its shape, so it pays a visit to the Shapeshifter to get another side and another angle. That is cool for a while, but pretty soon the now –quadrilateral wants another side and another angle. This pattern repeats itself until what was once the triangle has so many sides and angles that are so small it starts to look similar to a circle, and it can hardly keep its balance. What does it do then? The book includes a section for parents, teachers and other adults about the mathematics in the book, and tips on how to extend children's learning. A hardcover, colorful book that

    makes learning shapes a lot of fun. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 029490
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    If you are looking for a very complete, well-rounded art program for the upper elementary and junior high grades that requires very little teacher preparation time, you might want to take a look at Discovering Art from Calvert School. One of the advantages of this program is that a large part of the instruction is on DVD, taking a lot of the stress of presenting the concepts off of the teacher. The program consists of 32 lessons, which are shared between the teacher's Guidebook and the DVDs. Each lesson in the Guidebook begins with objectives and a summary of the DVD lesson. Following the summary, the DVD segment corresponding to that lesson is to be viewed by the students. Then, we turn back to the Guidebook for several follow-up activities and discussion questions which complement the topics discussed on the DVD. Then it's time to break out the art supplies for the "creating" portion of the lesson. An introduction to the art project, approximate working time, materials, and detailed, step-by-step directions are all laid out in the Guidebook, to make things fairly simple for the teacher. Finally, a list of suggested titles for further reading is given for those who would like to learn more, or take the lesson further. While this sounds pretty intense for an art program, the lessons are designed to be completed within a week, giving you ample room to split up the different parts of the lesson as it fits into your week.

    The lessons themselves are designed to walk the student or group through a thorough introduction to the visual arts. We begin by discussing art in general and then progress to discuss lines and types of lines, shapes, three dimensions in art, space, pattern, texture, principles of design, composing space, perspective, light, value, color, seeing and mixing colors, the use of color, and more. While I've seen these topics discussed in a fairly dry way in many art books, the activities and the DVD lessons make the finer details of art truly "come alive" for the student who would rather be set loose with his paints than learn a lengthy lesson about perspective or value. The DVD lessons, each of which span about 10-15 minutes, center around several boys and girls that frequently visit an old mill, where two artists work. On every visit to the mill, the artists explain artistic concepts through their own examples, by visually showing the youngsters (and viewers) on paper, and through the use of well-known masterpieces that clearly illustrate a concept. The DVDs are very professionally done, and manage to bring a lot of enthusiasm to every lesson. One thing I particularly like about the DVDs are the small "field trips" the viewer takes every five or so lessons. Six lessons are devoted to visiting an artist's studio, and getting a glimpse of their work, how they go about making their artwork, and what is important to them in their art. This is an aspect you often don't get to enjoy in art class, where you learn about classic masters, but never get to see an actual "artist" at work, unless you are lucky enough to know one you can visit.

    The lessons that surround the DVD viewing expand on what has been learned in the video, and offer plenty of guidance and freedom to explore the topic to your heart's content. The follow-up activities offer students a chance to find examples of lesson content in the world around them, looking at things in more depth, discussing what was learned in the DVD as well as what they have noticed themselves, and looking closer at great masterpieces that reflect the lessons they are learning. The taste of art history woven into the program seems seamless as students examine great works of art in light of color, line, value, perspective, and more. Although these masterpieces are not covered in a lot of depth in the DVD lessons (due to time constraints), they are helpfully listed in the back of the Guidebook so that you may locate them and have them on hand for the rest of the lesson, if desired. Several of these masterpieces are included as small reproductions to be used in more depth in several lessons. Most kids should truly enjoy the art activities as well, as they are complex enough not to be trite and over-simplified, and give the young artist plenty of freedom and opportunity to practice artistic concepts through their own work. The students are not limited to pencil and paper either - they will get to create their own masterpieces through sculpture, collage, paintings, rubbings, drawings, and more. The art activities are both original and open-ended, for those kids who just "get into them." The "field trip" lessons where we get to visit with different artists in their studios present an interesting diversion, where the activity centers around creating art in the featured artists' medium, and using their normal subject material as well!

    One more timesaving aspect I've failed to mention as of yet is the inclusion of nearly all the materials the student will need to complete the art activities. The art kit includes over 30 quality art supplies required to perform the activities, including painting and sculpting materials, drawing tools, printing materials, paper and more, conveniently packaged in a carrying box to avoid the "scattering" of supplies that happens when tools are packaged only in shrink wrap.

    This format, structure, and substance of this program make it terrific to use as a whole family, homeschool group, or co-op. With the DVD presentations, the lessons are accessible to everyone, and the other components of the lessons are ideally suited to group work, especially as the suggested "finale" to the program is an art exhibition for the students to display the great masterpieces they have created during art class. Don't just read about art, study drawing, or aimlessly freehand - discover it in every aspect! Program includes spiral-bound Guidebook, art materials kit, two DVDs, and several art reproductions. - Jess

  • Item #: 028742
    ISBN: 9781425816841
    Retail: $43.96
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  • Item #: 006100
    ISBN: 9780879351274
    Retail: $12.94
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     A lovely, keepsake-type ABC book published by the Williamsburg Foundation. Follow two colonial children as they encounter different craftsmen, activities and items that illuminate colonial life. The full-page, full-color illustrations are detailed but don’t overwhelm. Often the two children peer over into two-tone insets which feature the alphabetical item, inviting the reader to do the same. Each page also highlights the item (A is for anvil; M is for Mobcap) with a short sentence, the key word bolded. This book is a treasured way to introduce this time period to your young one or prepare for a visit to a colonial reenactment site. 8 1/4” x 8 5/8”, 27 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 004576
    ISBN: 9780394868165
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    Includes three great stories include "The Best Mistake Ever," "A Visit to Mr. Fixit," and "Best Friends." Short sentences and colorful illustrations make this a great book for beginning readers. 48 pages, pb.

  • Item #: 003324
    ISBN: 9780064450201
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  • Item #: 011762
    ISBN: 9780152162801
    Retail: $7.99
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    This fictitious tale is set in Ancient Rome. Caius, Rufus, Antonius, Mucius, Flavius, Julius, and Publius are students in the finest grammar school in all of Rome. Only wealthy patricians can afford to send their sons to this school, so these seven are the entire class. One day Cauis begins to irritate Rufus, and Rufus retaliates by writing "Cauis is a dumbbell" on his writing tablet and hanging it up at the front of the classroom. This leads to a scuffle, which their teacher soon dissolves. Rufus is sent home, and the boys are subdued. The next day arrives with a string of mysteries. Neither Rufus nor Cauis come to school, but an even bigger problem is that the teacher isn't there! This has never happened before. The remaining students find him tied up in his closet, his house ransacked. It appears that the burglar took only some mathematic books, unimportant pictures, and Rufus's writing tablet. When the boys go to visit Rufus, they find the words "Cauis is a dumbbell" written in red paint on the temple wall. Rufus claims he is innocent and his handwriting was forged, but his classmates discover that he was out all night long, with no good alibi. Now Rufus has been arrested, and it's up to his six friends to find out who is behind all the mysteries before Rufus is punished for desecrating the temple!

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 032286
    ISBN: 9780486437453
    Retail: $9.99
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    Your kids will learn a lot by listening in on school sessions for the animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest! Peter Rabbit wants to know more about his four-footed friends who share the meadow and forest with him. He goes to speak with Old Mother Nature, who is only too happy to help by starting daily school sessions. During each session, their class learns about a different mammal by having a special guest visit their class. They meet Danny Meadow Mouse, Prickly Porky the porcupine, Johnny Chuck the woodchuck, and Billy Mink. They also get a surprise visit from Reddy Fox and Buster Bear, who give all the rodents a little scare! During each school session they learn directly from the source about the food they eat, where they live, whether they hibernate or store food, whether they hunt or are hunted, and much more! This book contains forty stories by Thornton W. Burgess that introduce children to over seventy different animals. Each unabridged story has realistic black-and-while illustrations showing the spotlighted animal in their natural habitat. 275 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 003382
    ISBN: 9780746033654
    Retail: $22.99
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    This combined volume of all four Time Traveler books focuses on everyday life in various periods in history. Like the Book of World History it contains interesting text and captivating illustrations (in typical Usborne style!).

    So, how is it different? The World History book goes through history, looking at different civilizations during each period. The Omnibus focuses in on specific time periods in history and examines in detail the lives of fictional characters who could have lived during that time. My (then) 12 year old daughter recommended reading through the World History volume first, then the Time Traveler's Omnibus to "zoom in" on certain historical periods. She says this book will "give you a better understanding and appreciation of how it was to live during that time - it's the next best thing to being there."

  • Item #: 067099
    ISBN: 9781426320446
    Retail: $12.99
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      An atlas is a great book for looking for information, but an interactive atlas is even better! This atlas from National Geographic Kids has a lot of kid-appeal with its scrapbook-style layout, lists of places you should visit in each region, and games and activities. Divided by continent, children will learn about landforms, weather, forests, deserts, indigenous animals and plants, and a few adventures to be explored on that continent. The atlas beings with an explanation of how to use an atlas and read maps so you can get the most from this fun resource. The back of the book includes games, a glossary, and a list of plant and animal species and where you might find them. Have some fun as you learn about this big world in which we live! 160 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 028573
    ISBN: 9781557999559
    Retail: $18.99
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    Maps of the USA introduces young students to each state in the U.S., along with details about each state and facts such as the state bird, flower, population, and area. The reproducible worksheets are pretty open-ended and can be used alongside any history program or state study to take a closer look at each state. The first hundred pages contain two-page spreads on each state, with state facts and black-and-white pictures to color on the left-hand side, and the state itself featured on the right-hand side. The right-hand page contains an outline map of the state itself, with geopolitical information, such as important cities, rivers, geographical features, and neat places to visit in that state. A smaller map of the U.S. is also provided with the featured state shaded in, so the student can see the location of the state in relation to the rest of the nation. These worksheets can be used to make a state notebook, or to use with any number of state activities, and can be colored, labeled, etc. Following the individual state pages are worksheets on the U.S. as a whole, including regions of the U.S. along with a segment of the map and questions for each, maps of the U.S. as a whole, both with and without state names filled in, a states and capitals chart, supplemental word puzzles, and maps featuring waterways, climate zones, and physical features of our nations along with questions for students to answer based on the map. "A U.S. State in Review" page is also included at the end, which can be reproduced and used alongside the individual state worksheets to fill in more facts about the state, draw its outline, and include in a state notebook, if they're making one. Answers included. - Jess

  • Item #: 025619
    ISBN: 9780689711305
    Retail: $7.99
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    The things that Lisa, her older sister Ruth, her younger sister Annie, and her mother had to endure is incredible. They lived in Berlin in 1938 when the Nazis were first starting to take over. Lisa's father, who is referred to as Papa, decides in the very beginning of this story to leave Germany and establish a foundation for his family in America. Meanwhile, life in Berlin is getting more dangerous for Jewish people, and as the threat of war is turning into reality, Papa sends a letter over, suggesting that his wife and their daughters flee to Switzerland, masking the emigration as a vacation. Mother is allowed to bring only 10 marks per person with her, which puts her in a very challenging financial situation. She keeps Annie with her and is forced to send Ruth and Lisa to a camp where there are other children in similar situations or without parents at all. The girls don't get enough to eat and don't have the kind of care that all children need. After they visit their mother, she senses this and takes them out of the camp. Pretty soon, all three girls are sent to live with three different families in Zurich, where they are well-nourished and thrive. Mother collapses from pneumonia and spends this time in the hospital. She recovers and the family is on their way to being reunited with their father, whom they have not seen for nearly a year by this time, as he has been saving for their tickets to America. Sonia Levitin tells a touching, and very real story, that I am sure was sadly not uncommon.

  • Item #: 025495
    ISBN: 9781936023356
    Retail: $4.99
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    Formatted like others in the Skill Builders series, these books feature reproducible black-and-white worksheets with a variety of practice activities. Level 1 covers the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, parts of the body, and more. In Level 2, students learn common household words as they visit La casa Valenzuela (The Valenzuela's home). In addition to household vocabulary, simple Spanish sentences as more advanced concepts such as basic verb conjugations and grammatical gender are also introduced. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    This 400-page paperback text from Usborne is a fantastic reference guide that provides an extensive overview of world geography. First, you get a general overview of planet Earth. Next, more detailed sections cover the geographical phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, weather, climate, and world ecosystems. The people and cultures of the world (North America, South America, Australasia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Africa) are then extensively discussed, followed by an Atlas of the World portion of the book comprised of various maps (60 total) of all seven continents. The text concludes with a Fact File section that provides a medley of information on topics including but not limited to geographers and scientists, world records, time zones, constellations, and types of government.

    To take advantage of the interactive component of this book, visit the hundreds of websites recommended throughout the text. These sites were chosen to provide further information about people and places of the world and are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure subject appropriateness and working order. Although it is "internet-linked," the Encyclopedia of World Geography is a complete book that can be used on its own. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 001954
    ISBN: 9781557341624
    Retail: $8.99
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    This reproducible book contains worksheets that assist students in researching and writing state reports. The first part of the book focuses on researching the state, with information on internet research, using the library, making note cards, and quotations versus paraphrasing. The next part of the book focuses on writing the state report, with worksheets that students can use to fill in with information about their state. Some of the worksheets include Statehood History, Physical Features, Political Features, Famous People, and Government. Budding artists will enjoy drawing state flags, seals, and symbols on the appropriate pages. Other worksheets include Population Growth and Density (requiring graphing), Visitor's Guide (to list places worth visiting in the state), Bibliography (to list sources used in the report), and a list of additional hands-on project ideas. These are just a few of the versatile worksheets found within this handy resource, and as they are not state specific, they can be easily re-used. 48 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa