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.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Community Garden

“Our Community Garden” by Barbara Pollak

This book geared for grades K-3 includes graphic and colorful pictures of a child who started a community garden next to her home. This garden is a place for her and her neighbors to grow different fruits and vegetables. Different characters grow different vegetables for food from their different cultures. The book includes characters from different ethnicities. This book encourages students to learn about their own culture and those of other cultures. This book exemplifies element 5 because this community garden gives the neighbors an opportunity to raise awareness about their culture and teach each other something new. For children this might be hard for them to understand. When they have an illustrated book teaching them about different cultures and foods it will get them more involved to learn about each other. The main character Audrey tries to raise awareness in her community about her neighbors and how they can come together.

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In a lesson you can teach students about a community garden and how beneficial it can be. If you go to this website it will have a lot of information about community gardens and how to implement one in school.

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