Author/Illustrator: Melanie Walsh
Grade Level: Pre-K - First
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10 things I can do to help my world is a book that provides young children with ten easy tasks they can do to improve the world. The book is beautifully illustrated with pop up folds and flaps which make it a more engaging read. For example, things suggested are sorting your waste and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. All the activities listed are attainable for all children, and will empower them by showing that they can make a difference too, despite their young age.
Element 6 Taking Social Action:
10 things I can do to help my world is an excellent representation of Element 6 because the easy and attainable tasks show young children how they too can contribute to earth’s improvement. The simple tasks given are explained, and children will learn how the actions they are taking better the earth. It is an empowering book for any age group, especially the younger ones.
In the classroom, you can easily complete any of the simple activities the books lists to improve the earth. First, I would have a read-aloud with the story, and then discuss the activities it suggests. Then I would ask my students “what can we do in our classroom together to better our earth?” Say they select “plant seeds, and help them grow”; I would have each child plant a few seeds in a small pot. Each child would water his or her plant, and monitor the growth. After the seeds sprout, the children can take them home, and hopefully continue to tend to their plant. The child will actually see the difference he or she is making by observing their plant grow. It is an exciting and simple activity for all young children to participate in.