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 10, 2012

                 S is For Save The Planet: Element Five Raising Awareness
Author: Brad Herzod

Illustration: Linda Holt Ayriss

Grade: 3-6




The book provides children with an A to Z guide on the concepts of environmentalism with regards to the preservation of our planet. Each page is beautifully illustrated and introduces a letter of the alphabet with a phrase corresponding to a certain concept that serves to both raise awareness and inspire children to create change when it comes to protecting our planet from harmful things like global warming. Each letter of the alphabet introduces a topic and the author provides children with suggestions on how to combat that particular problem that is facing our planet and environment as a whole. For example, for the letter "R," the book provides children with knowledge of the concept of "reduce, reuse, recycle."

Element Five

This book relates to element five because it raises awareness about various issues related to the environmental struggles we are faced with in maintaining a safe and healthy planet to live on. First, it provides students with information about each of the problems our planet is faced with. However, as element Five also suggests, the book also raises awareness on how they can prevent these problems and help to "save the planet."


Students can create a giant picture of the Earth, using recycled paper from their home and from the classroom. The "recycled Earth" will then be displayed on a bulletin board outside the classroom titled "Save the Planet.". Each of the students will be assigned a letter A to Z  and choose an issue or word from the book relating to our planet's environmental safety. They will then write about the information they learned on this topic/word and provide their own specific solutions on how to protect our planet from it. The papers will be displayed around the giant recycled Earth on the bulletin board to raise awareness to fellow students passing by.

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