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.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Author: Gail Gibbons

Grade Level: 3-5

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RECYCLE! is an informative book that brings awareness to the problems of landfills in the United States and how we can help by recycling! RECYCLE! explains the process of recycling from start to finish. Not only does it explain the process, but it goes into great details about five major materials one can recycle and how they can be reused. The five types of garage that can be recycled are; paper, glass, aluminum cans, plastic, and polystyrene. RECYCLE! also provides wonderful and detailed pictures to allow readers to clearly visualize the process of recycling.

Element 5:
RECYCLE! is an educational book that raises awareness on landfills, recycling, and how each person in the world can help to make the Earth a more healthy environments to live in. This book promotes readers to make a difference. For example the book states several statistics such as, "Each hour, people in the U.S. use two and a half million plastic bottles" and then encourages the reader to make environmentally friendly decisions by recycling. RECYCLE! is the perfect book to read on Earth Day or when having a lesson plan on the environment.

After reading this book with your students, it is imperative to discuss how important it is to recycle everyday and how we can all reuse certain materials. To show the students how we can reuse materials such as paper and plastic, the teacher should provide students with miscellaneous objects that are made from paper and plastic. The students will be asked to make anything they can think of using the provided materials. For example, make a plastic bottle into a funnel or creating a pen holder out of pop sticks. This fun and interactive activity will allow children to recycle and reuse their materials in the classroom!

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