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.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Our Class Is Going Green!

Title: Our Class Is Going Green!
Written and illustrated: by kindergarten students
Oak Park Elementary, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Project Coordinator: Joyce Nickels and Erinn Rakes
Grade Level: K-12

Click Here to learn about the Kindergarten Students of Oak Park Elementary.

Joyce Nickels and Erinn Rakes Kindergarten class were going over the theme about environment and were teaching their class on how to take care of our planet.  After discussing what they should do in order to make a difference in their own school, they decided to make a book.  Each page from the book helps readers build a clear and brief list of easy ways to make a positive impact on our environment.  For example in the book it states"Walk to school.. INSTEAD of riding in cars. The book also has facts which we can learn from in our to have a better understanding about going green.

Element 5 Raising Awareness:
Our Class is Going Green is mostly about showing the readers different ways we can go green and improving our environment.  It shows us different ways we can clean up our community and even make a difference in our schools.  This book is broken down so kids of all ages can go out and make a difference in their environment from recycling used paper to turning the water off while washing and drying your hands.  By teaching children at a young age to be environmentally aware, you are building lifelong habits that can make a big difference in the future of our environment.  

Class Activity:
After reading this book to your class and going over the theme of going green, you can come up with new classroom rules or activities which can also be implemented all year around about going green.  You could also follow the book and try out some things they had put down as ways of going green.  You could have separate garbage buckets in your classroom.  One for paper only, another for plastic materials, and another for bottles only.  This way at the end of the day when they come to collect the trash it can all be recycled to the right place.  Also you could always take a little trip outside to the school playground and do a clean up, wear gloves and bring trash bags and make sure you find trash and put it into the garbage bags to ensure a litter free environment.  

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