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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers


   
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: Lauren Child
Grade Level: 1st Grade





Summary: We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers by Lauren Child is about two main characters, Charlie and Lola, who are siblings.  Charlie teaches Lola about recycling, he teachers her why it is good to recycle, how to recycle, how it is good for the environment, what happens if no one recycles and much more.  Lola gets a comic book called “Look after your planet” where she find a contest where you can win a tree to plant on your own.  The contest is collecting 100 of each thing (tin cans, things made of plastic, and things made of paper).  Lola and Charlie realize they cannot do this on their own.  At school Lola informs her class about recycling and everything she knows about it, she shows them a tree that they can fill with leaves for every item they collect.  She informs them when they fill the tree up they can get a tree of their own.  Everyone loves the idea of recycling and begins bringing in items to help recycle.  After 100 items of each product are collect they get to get a tree to plant on their own.  In the process Lola learns about recycling and makes her classmates aware of how to recycle and why it is important for the environment. 

Element 5: Raising Awareness: This represents the element of raising awareness because Lola teaches others about the issues of recycling.  Lola becomes passionate about this issue and gets her class involved to win a contest.  She teaches her class and raises awareness to them about the issue of recycling.


Activity: In small groups the class will create flyers, one flyer for paper products and one flyer for plastic products.  In small groups we will go around to all the classrooms in the school and tell them everything we learned about recycling from the book we read.  We will promote them to recycle as well, leaving these flyers with them and two brown paper bags.  One of these bags will have the flyer for paper products and the other one will have the plastic products flyer on it.  We will explain to the classes that every time you fill a bag you will receive a golden star.  At the end of the year the class with the most golden stars will get a cupcake party.  We want to raise awareness to the whole school about recycling while giving them an incentive to remember to recycle as well.  

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