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Published by Redleaf Press 10 Yorkton Court St. Paul, MN 55117 © 2012 by Patty Born Selly All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted on a specific page, no portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or capturing on any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a critical article or review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper, or electronically transmitted on radio, television, or the Internet. First edition 2012 Cover design by Jim Handrigan Cover photograph © Collage Photography/Veer Interior design by Percolator Typeset in Adobe Chaparral Pro Printed in the United States of America 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 National Science Education Standards referenced throughout the book were originally published in The National Science Education Standards by the National Research Council (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 1996). Reprinted with permission. “Make a Recycling Monster” and “Absorb or Run Off?” activities were adapted from Environmental Education Toolkit for Early Childhood and Family Education, edited by Erin Bowley, Erin Bowley and Associates, and Patty Born Selly (Minneapolis, MN: Hennepin County Environmental Services, 2011). Adapted with permission. The list of characteristic words on page 188 was adapted from “How to Identify Hazardous Products—Read the Label” by Hennepin County Environmental Services (Minneapolis, MN: Hennepin County Environmental Services, 2009). Adapted with permission. “Water Cycle” graphic on page 105, © 2010 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is reprinted with permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Selly, Patty Born.    Early childhood activities for a greener earth / Patty Born Selly.        p. cm.     Summary: “This book presents environmental lessons and activities in a manner that is appropriate for early childhood, and naturally fosters a sense of stewardship and love for our planet. It highlights a number of green topics including waste reduction, recycling, and water quality.”— Provided by publisher.    Includes bibliographical references and index.    ISBN 978-1-60554-119-8 (pbk.) 1. Environmental education—Activity programs. 2. Early childhood education—Activity programs.   I. Title.   GE77.B67 2012   372.35'7—dc23                                                             2012007938 Printed on 100 percent postconsumer waste paper