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.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Power Up to Fight Pollution
Illustrator: Wes Thomas
Grade Level: K-3
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Summary: Tyler is an adventurous young boy who loves his dog Pete and playing outside. Tyler is not afraid to get dirty, however, after learning about pollution, he is shocked at how dirty we are making the place we live. Tyler teaches us what the pollution problem is, how it effects our health and daily lives, the 3 R's (reduce, reuse & recycle) and how we can help to fight the pollution problem and clean up our home!
Element 5: Tyler raises awareness not only by explaining what the pollution problem is, but also by showing examples of pollution as he rides his bike through the neighborhood and by providing ways to help keep our water, air, and land clean.
Activity: Just as Tyler teaches about pollution, a class can design a presentation educating their peers (or another class) on what pollution does, what it looks like and well as ways to stop it. The students can make a video of them practicing the "3 R's". After their presentation, they can show the video to their classmates and ask them to join in and help. They can also arrange a class period for a school clean-up.