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 16, 2014

Don't Throw That Away!

Author: Lara Bergen
Illustrator: Betsy Snyder
Grade Level: Kindergarten

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Don't Throw That Away! is a children's book about an environmentally friendly super hero who is teaches how to recycle and reuse common items.  Ordinary objects like a jar are turned into a vase, metal cans are turned into instruments and old clothes are turned into costumes. This book's nice touch is that it is actually made from 100% recycled material.

Element 5 - Raising Awareness:
Don't Throw That Away! is a great way to encourage children to recycle and reuse. The book illustrates how stuff that would normally be considered garbage and be transformed into something cool and useful. By allowing children to become environmentally aware, they can become active in making a change by learning how to recycle and reuse.

After doing a read aloud of Don't Throw That Away! to the children, I would ask them to find items around their home that they can recycle and reuse. I would ask them to create something new out of something old. Children could bring in their new treasure to display at our "Recycle Day."

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