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, November 26, 2013

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids

Author: Gail Gibbons
Illustrator: Gail Gibbons
Grade Level: 3-5

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Recycle! is a book that discusses the process behind recycling different material such as glass, cans, plastic, and paper. It talks about what each product is made of and ways in which we can recycle these products in order to make new ones. It explains to children that it takes less energy and makes less pollution to make new products from the old ones, and how this benefits the environment, rather than harm it. At the end of the book it gives you interesting facts in regards to recycling and what you can do.

Element 6: Taking Social Action:
This book represents Element 6 because it provides students with different ways in which they can take action and recycle in order to prevent pollution from occurring in their community. For example children can take old newspapers and magazines, tie them up, and bring them to a recycling center or leave them at the curb if their town has a recycling pickup service.

In a fifth grade class, after reading this book, we will have a group discussion on what types of items we recycle and why we need to recycle as read in the book. I would then model a persuasive writing piece and asks students to write their own persuasive writing piece, where they will be trying to persuade or convince a family member, a friend, or someone from their community to recycle based on knowledge acquired from the book. After these pieces are peer reviewed and revised, we will be mailing them out in hopes to encourage other members of our community to recycle.

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