Published by Redleaf Press
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First edition 2012
Cover design by Jim Handrigan
Cover photograph © Collage Photography/Veer
Interior design by Percolator
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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.
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.
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