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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Why Should I Recycle?

Title: Why Should Recycle?
Author: Jen Green 
Illustrator: Mike Gordon 

Why Should I recycle is a children's book by Jen Green about a few children learning how to recycle and the importance of recycling. Everyday the children walk by Mr. Jones house and wonder why he is always separating his garbage because usually the children just throw out all their trash into the same garbage. 


This book fits into categories 5: Raising Awareness and 6: Social Action. Mr. Jones comes to class and teaches the children the importance of recycling and then brings them to a recycle center to show them how recycling works. When the kids understand the importance of recycling and how to recycle they then go home and take social action by teaching their parents not to waste and recycle their own garbages at home. 


This book can be used to help teach children about environment issues and help them to become more aware of the environment that they are living in. While reading this book the teacher can stop and discuss if children already recycle at home and how they can help better the community by recycling. After reading this book, children can take social action by using what they learned by keeping track of how much waste they throw away at home and at school. Also, looking into if there are recycle centers near by that the children can go to and bring their school trash items there to recycle. 

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