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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming
Author: Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Grade Level: Preschool- 2nd grade
Publisher: Harper Collins publishing company
Why Are The Ice Caps Melting? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science: Stage 2)
This book talks about the earth and how it is getting warmer day by day. This is a book about global warming. In the book it explains how the earth is surrounded by a layer of gases called the atmosphere. It also mentioned other gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, fluorocarbons. The author gave a detailed description of these gases that form an invisible cover that holds the heat of the sun, which is other wise known as the greenhouse effect. The book mentioned that everything in nature must be in balance not too much and not too little. But it mentioned that since many people are driving cars, working in offices, throwing out garbage and using aerosols, these things makes the greenhouse layer thicker. This means that less heat will escape from the earth; which means ice melts in the South Pole and high sea levels. It then urges students to help stop global warming. It mentioned that students should plant trees, which helps to maintain the balance of the greenhouse layer, stop the use of aerosol sprays, ride bicycles and walk to places. It then mentioned that students will write letters to congress and representatives telling them global warming matters.

Element 6: Taking Social Action I chose this book for element six because it talks about the effects of global warming on the planet. I like the fact that it provides examples of what can be done to help reduce the dangerous effects of global warming in the planet. I like how the author and the illustrator used detailed description and good pictures to show what is going on the earth. Students can definitely help on reducing the effects of global warming by recycling, planting trees and being conscious of their environment.

Activity: After reading this book, students can do different activities that would help them to reduce the risks of global warming. Teachers can tell the students to keep a log of all the garbage that they throw away. After a week, student would realize the number of things that they throw away everyday; they can them make the conscious effort to recycle the items that needs to be recycled. Students can write a letter to their local congress man or woman to help reduce the risks of global warming.

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