Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Three R's

Title: The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Author: Nuria Roca
Illustrated by Rosa M. Curto
Ages: 6-8
Grade Level: K-3

About the Book:
This wonderful book talks about Paul a young boy who raises the awareness about reuse, reduce, and recycle to his family, friends, school, and community. The book starts by Paul explaining to his friends what the three R’s stand for and what they mean. He explains that when we reduce we help keep the earth clean and the water we drink fresh.
Paul shows his friends and family of the different things that they can do to reduce pollution. The book also mentions all the things that Paul’s town is doing to help the environment stay clean. This book also has different activities that students can do in their school, home, and community to help make our planet clean and a good place to live in.

Element 5: Raising Awarness
This book is adequate and great way to introduce element five of raising awareness. From this book kids will learn about all the things that they can do to help keep the planet a safe place to live in. This book will help students understand that they too can make a difference in the world. Moreover, since the book talks about a young boy who is raising awareness the students can relate and understand the issue better, and this will help them become advocates by raising awareness to others students, teacher, family, and community members.
This book would be great introduction to environment during Earth Day. It will help students understand the different ways to help keep the planet clean from pollution. As future teacher, one of the activities that I will enjoy doing with my students is a notebook from defective sheets from the printer or photocopier, this activity will help students understand that if we use recycle papers we can save trees.

Teacher Lesson Resource
http://www.wyaee.org/Portals/19/3Rs.pdf
http://www.wvpt4learning.org/lessons/pdf_svtc07/threers.pdf
http://www.recycleguys.org/
http://www.kidsrecycle.org/index.php
http://www.epa.gov/kids/garbage.htm

To find a copy of this book, please use link below:
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Rs-Reuse-Reduce-Recycle/dp/0764135813 $6.99
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Three-Rs/Nuria-Roca/e/9780764135811 $6.29

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