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Girl - Between Earth and Sky
| 2013-08-28 00:00:33
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    It’s Your Planet—Love It! A Leadership Journey

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    Have you ever traveled far, far away? So far that your suitcase traveled, too? You might travel close to home, to a zoo or a park. Or you could just travel around the block. If it’s raining, you might stay indoors. But you can still travel—from room to room or floor to floor! So travel can be near, and travel can be far. You can even travel the world with no suitcase at all! And that’s what you’re about to do. You’ll travel far and wide with some pretty flower friends. They love to be outdoors between earth and sky. So turn the page. Give it a try! 5

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    seeds… Seeds are baby plants just waiting to grow. They can be blown by the wind or carried by animals or water. They can stick to clothes and shoes, too. These are the ways seeds travel far from home. How many seeds do you see floating here? What seeds do you see where you live? Are any of them from far away? Ask and explore! Share what you learn! Oh, no! My seeds! Stop the car! After being outdoors, check your clothes and shoes for seeds. Don’t carry seeds away from their home to yours! 34

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    … and wEEDS Weeds are plants that grow where they’re not wanted. Weeds can be beautiful. But they can crowd out important plants. The best-known weed is the dandelion. It belongs to the daisy family, the largest flower family in the world. Where have you seen dandelions? Have you ever blown or kicked dandelion seeds? Where did they land? 35

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    Nature’s Cleaning Power! Like sunflowers, scented geraniums are good at cleaning soil. So are willow trees and corn and pumpkins. Do sunflowers or other plants grow near you? Maybe they’re cleaning! Ask around! Share what you learn! How Sunflowers Clean the Soil Sunflowers pull lead out of the soil and into their roots. Then the lead moves up to the flower’s stem and leaves. That way, the lead is above ground and out of the soil. Then the sunflower is pulled from the soil. Sometimes the sunflower’s seeds, which have no lead in them, are made into fuel. That fuel can power lots of things. 42

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