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.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve

Title: 77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve

Author: Sondra Clark

Ages: 9-12
Teacher resource: Volunteer Opportunities
Summary: 77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve is an excellent resource for kids to learn different ways they can help in their communities. There are literally 77 suggestions, each with steps for implementation, that are divided into different categories depending on the child's interest and/or talents. Websites are also provided so that kids can find additional information on each project.
Social Justice Element Six: This book is intended to give kids the neccessary tools that they need inorder to partcipate in or even start their own community service projects. It is a great tool that teachers can use to help inspire their students to take social action in their communities.
How I Would Use It: One way that I might use this book would be to have groups of four or five students choose a project from the book to complete together. I would provide the necessary resources for students to successfully complete their projects. Another way I might use this book would be to let students pick a project from the book individually, which would allow students to take ownership of their choice. for both cases i would have students give a presentation on how the project went, what obstacles they found during the process, and how they might do the project differently if given a second chance.

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