Artichokes

Artichoke
Artichokes are a species of thistle whose edible portion is the flower bud, before
the flowers come into bloom.

How to grow: The instructions below are for zone 9, more information can be found for other regions in the "more info" section below. Look for the Bonnie plants link.



Growing Information

Planting time: Spring/Fall

Sow:
Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost date, late November - early January
Direct sow: Mid-Feb - March
Transplant: Late Feb - late March (after frost)

Germination Time: 10-20 days

Grow Height: 3-4' tall and 4' wide.

Spacing: 3' - 5' apart. Plant can grow for up to 5 years where they are planted.

Soil: Fertile, well draining soil - sandy or loamy. 5" of compost into a trench 8" deep and equally wide.

Sun: Full to partial shade.

Fertilizer: Apply a liquid high-potassium fertilizer (potash) every 2 weeks during periods of active growth. When buds begin to form, apply a 4" thick layer of compost around each plant, outward 12".

Harvest: 85-100 days.

Companion Plants: Cucumber, sunflower, corn, peas, tarragon, and members of the cabbage family.

Avoid: Potatoes

Pests/Problems: Slugs, aphids, and botrytis blight
Solutions: Cut off leaves infected with botrytis blight and destroy them. Treat the plant with neem oil (fungicide).
Treat aphids with insecticidal soap.
Use slug traps or baits.

Water: Water about once a week. If soil is heavy and holds moisture, water less often. Hot regions, water more often. Plants won't survive over watering, and too little will result in loose buds with poor taste. Avoid summer droughts and winter waterlog.

Zones 8 and warmer: After fall harvest, cut plants down to the ground level and mulch with 3-4" of organic material (dry grass clippings, straw, leaves, ages manure, etc.).


Propagation: Allow plant to bloom and shrivel to brown. Cut dried flower, place it a paper bag indoors for 2 wks, shatter it and gather the seeds. Seed can remain viable for up to 6 years.

Nutrition Facts: 1 Medium Artichoke

60 calories, 13 carbs, .2g fat, 4.2g protein
Vit C 25%, Vit B6 5%, Calcium 5%, Iron 8%, Magnesium 19%

Health Benefits: Artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K, folic acid, manganese, and potassium. They can help with digestive issues, lower cholesterol levels, protect the liver, and may help prevent cancer.

Videos: How to grow, prepare, & eat:

Deer

White-Tailed Deer
National Geographic: White-Tailed Deer - Information about white-tailed deer, breeding, diet, behavior, an audio file, and fast facts. Page also offers a picture gallery to scroll through.

Wikipedia: Deer - Information About Deer: Classification, where they can be found around the world, anatomy, diet, reproduction, evolution, species, photos and more.

LiveScience: Facts About Deer - Size, antlers, habitat, habits, diet, offspring, classification and more.

Easy Science for Kids: Wild Deer - Fun facts about deer for kids, vocabulary and videos.


DeerWorlds: Deer Facts - Deer information, types of deer, and deer
conservation.


Activity Pages

Super Coloring: Deer Coloring Pages

Coloring.WS: Deer Coloring Pages

Activity Village: Deer - Deer puzzles, printable poem, booklet, colouring pages, deer grid, jigsaw, poster, story paper and more.

Cybersleuth Kids: Deer Wordsearch

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Deer - Resources include: Sites and videos about deer, and how to draw them. Deer activity pages too.

'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Resources include: Links to the poem, information about it, and activities that related to this classic poem.


Pine Trees - Things you can do with pine cones, needles, bark, and resin. Videos and links.


Christmas Stockings - Resources Include: Links to explain the legend of the Christmas stocking and videos about the history of the Christmas stocking.


Candy CanesResources include: Links to candy cane history and legend. Videos include the history of candy canes, how they are made and how to make them yourself.


Holiday Songs Traditional Christmas Songs Playlist 2016 & 
Ultimate Christmas Songs Playlist - YouTube playlists of popular Christmas songs. (Off site)


Days and Events


Christmas

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Seasonal Foods

Oranges: General and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.


Pumpkin - Information about pumpkins and squash, recipe instructions for "Original Pumpkin Pie" aka pumpkin pie cooked right in its own pie shell with a modern twist.


Beans - Bean soup recipe, bean science projects, links to other bean resources.


Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

Apple Research Project - Facts, leading questions, Information, videos, recipes, and links to other resources.

Apple Research Resource - Apple resources including links to lesson plans, history, nutritional info, health info, activities, science experiments, and recipes.

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Christmas Stockings

Smithsonian: The Legend of the Christmas Stocking - The history behind the tradition of hanging stockings.

Wikipedia: Christmas Stockings - The history of stockings and information about the world's biggest Christmas stocking.


Altogether Christmas: Christmas Stockings - An article about the legends behind Christmas stockings.

First Palette: Paper Christmas Stocking - Instructions for craft.

DLTK: Christmas Lacing Crafts - Instructions for craft.

Activity Village: Christmas Stocking Theme - Printable stocking templates, games, colouring pages, crafts, and more.


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History of the Candy Cane

Why Christmas: Christmas Candy Canes - Brief information about candy canes.

Spangler: Candy Cane History and Legends - Historical and religious information about candy canes.

WikipediaCandy Cane - Origins of the candy cane/peppermint stick and the production of this holiday treat.


Today I Found Out: The Origins of the Candy Cane - An article about the history of the candy cane.

Activity Village: Candy Cane Theme - Printable pages, craft ideas and coloring pages.

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'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Poetry Foundation: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Poem by Clement Clark Moore

Wikipedia: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Information includes: The poem, plot, the history of the author and more.

Activity Village: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Printable poem. 

DLTK: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Printable mini book.

Messy Little Monster: Twas The Night Before Christmas Footprint Craft - Use your child's footprint for this activity.


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Sherlock Holmes Resource Page - Resources include: Information about Sherlock Holmes, Sir Conan Doyle, and videos about Sherlock Holmes and movies.

Tim's Printable Pages: Triangles - Printable pages that include triangles. (Off site)

Shadow Puppets - How to make shadow puppets with your hands or from paper. Also, make your own shadow puppet theatre. Video tutorials and examples.

Archery - Information about archery, including: The history of archery, tricks, and how to make your own equipment.

Polyhedrons - Resources include: What is a polyhedron, projects, printable activities, and videos.

Wild Turkeys -Information about wild turkeys, turkey craft project, writing activity and research question.

Cornucopia - Information about the cornucopia, and coloring and activity pages.


Days & Events

November 1 - Vinegar Day - 5 Fun Vinegar Experiments

Election Day - The 1st Tuesday in November after the first Monday of the month.


November 15 - Steve Irwin Day (off site)

November 21 - Gingerbread Cookie Day (off site)

Thanksgiving - The 4th Thursday of the month.

November 27 - Native American Heritage Day (The day after Thanksgiving.)


Seasonal Foods

Sweet Potato Resources - Nutrition facts, educational info, and recipes.


Corn - Corn Delicious corn bread recipe, how to make homemade butter, corn activity and links to other corn resources.

Popcorn Project - Resources and activities that include popped and unpopped corn kernels.


Pumpkin - Information about pumpkins and squash, recipe instructions for "Original Pumpkin Pie" aka pumpkin pie cooked right in its own pie shell with a modern twist.


Beans - Bean soup recipe, bean science projects, links to other bean resources.


Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

Apple Research Project - Facts, leading questions, Information, videos, recipes, and links to other resources.

Apple Research Resource - Apple resources including links to lesson plans, history, nutritional info, health info, activities, science experiments, and recipes.


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Shadow Puppets

Visual News: Vintage Instructions On How To Make Shadow Puppets

Blifaloo: Shadow Puppets - How to make shadow puppets with your hands.

Printable Paradise: Printable Animal Silhouettes

Kidspot: Make a Shadow Puppet Theatre - Instructions and a video. Plus how make your own puppets.


wikiHow: How to Make Shadow PuppetsThree methods are offered along with illustrations and videos.






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Gothic Literature, Authors, & Legends

The Raven
Bram Stoker's Dracula - Learn about the man who wrote Dracula, and read or listen to the book.

Edgar Allan Poe - Learn about the man who wrote classic short stories and poems such as, "The Raven", "Tell Tale Heart", and "The Gold Bug" and read or listen to these and other timeless tales.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Find out how Frankenstein was inspired and a little about Shelley's life. Read or listen to the book as well.

Washington Irving - Known for his classic stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", find out more about the man who wrote them and read or listen to his stories.

Dr. Jekyll &  Mr. Hyde - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde resources include: Downloadable versions of the original book, audio book files, chemistry experiments, and videos. Videos include a silent 1931 version and a cartoon version of this story.

The Legend of The Headless Horseman - Resources include links and videos based on the legend of the Headless Horseman. Videos include cartoons and music based on this character.



The Grim Reaper - Information about the Grim Reaper and cultural icons of death.

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Sherlock Holmes Resource Page

The Adventure of Silver Blaze
Wikipedia: Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle, & Canon of Sherlock Holmes

British Heritage: Sherlock Holmes

MysteryNet.com: Sherlock Holmes:  Stories - 24 Full-Text versions of the original Sherlock Homes Adventures.

Smithsonian: London: The Mystery of 221B Baker Street - Article with pictures.

The Literature Network: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read stories on line.

Gutenberg: Books by Arthur Conan Doyle - Downloadable versions of various books written by Doyle.


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Cornucopias

Wikipedia: Cornucopia - Information about the meaning, symbolism, mythology and the modern depictions of the cornucopia.

Wonderopolis: What is a cornucopia?
This site has an option that allows visitors to listen to the information given, and answers the questions: What is a cornucopia? Where did the cornucopia come from? and How do you make a cornucopia?


Crafts, Coloring Pages & Jigsaw Puzzles

All Recipes Cornucopia - Recipe for a bread cornucopia centerpiece.

DLTK: Cornucopia Craft - Free printable activity.


Artists Helping Children: Cornucopia Crafts for Kids - Ideas for Arts & Crafts, Instructions for Fall and Autumn Cornucopia Activities, and Projects for Children, Teens, and Preschoolers

Free Kids Crafts: Printable Cornucopia - Print in color or black and white.

Raising Our Kids: Cornucopia Coloring Pages 

Crayola: Cornucopia Coloring Page

Hello Kids: Thanksgiving Cornucopia - Color online or print.

epuzzles.info: Traditional Thanksgiving Cornucopia - Select the puzzle, type a nickname, and start working the puzzle.

PuzzleMobi.com: Cornucopia Jigsaw Puzzle - Select how many pieces you want to play with and begin when you are ready.
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Polyhedrons

What is a Polyhedron?

Math is Fun: Polyhedrons- Offers a brief explanation of polyhedrons and some examples.

Wolfram MathWorld: Polyhedron - Explains what a polyhedron is and offers examples.

Wikipedia: Polyhedron - Explains what a polyhedron is, and offers visual examples.

Polyhedra Projects


George Hart: Classroom Polyhedra Activities: Offers a variety polyhedra construction projects.


Math Forum: Polyhedra in the Classroom - Site offers: Projects, visual models, animations, and more.

Math NYU: Gumdrop Polyhedra - Build polyhedra from simple items. Instructions in a PDF format.

NCTM: Illuminations: Geometric Solids - An interactive site about geometric solids.

Polyhedra  Investigations - This UK site allows visitors to interact with solid geometric objects and explains their parts.

Printable Activities
These sites offer free downloads, please use caution when downloading things off the internet. 


Fun Stuff To Do: Geometric Shapes To Print - Shapes, Designs & Polyhedra To Cut, Color or Fold

Paper Models of Polyhedra - A free printable PDF file with lots of 3D geometrical figure.

Paper Models of Polyhedra - Printable 3D geometrical figures. To use site, click on the design, then scroll down to the link that will allow you to print the PDF located at the bottom of the picture.

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