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E is for Ecology

susansimpson Published: January 10, 2008

Some Stillwater third-graders are growing green thumbs while they boost brain power.

Two volunteers from the Oklahoma State University Botanical Garden are leading the Literature in the Garden program at Skyline Elementary School. The curriculum aims to engage students through garden and ecology-themed children’s books.

Volunteer Merry Alexander said she wants to instill in students a love of reading and plants. She said children don’t always understand how important plants are to their lives and the earth.

Student activities have included touring the OSU garden, creating seed balls to grow and eating “dirt,” a mixture of candy and crackers that simulated the earth’s layers.

I’m not much of a green thumb myself, so those activities sound like a fun way to encourage interest in plant life. Too bad my flower beds aren’t full of M&Ms.

Susan Simpson, Education Writer