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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

Written by: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen

Grade Level: 2nd- 5th
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Summary: This book is about Ms. Frizzle's class and the climate challenge. She is a teacher who teaches her class in a very interesting way. This particular book from the series, explores climate issues, focusing on global warming. Ms. Friz has a student visiting her class for South Korea, Joon, and she is teaching her students about global warming. She has her class load onto to the magic school bus for their adventure to learn about every aspect of global warming. First they went to the Arctic Sea, then Ms. Friz guided the bus around the Earth explaining the changes that are occurring in different regions of the Earth. She explaoins to her class the reasons why the Earth is getting warmer and warmer. The class learns what is in the air that causes these changes in the climate. Then they explore what people on Earth are doing that is making global warming worse. In the end, they came up with strategies of reducing global warming and they shared them with the rest of their school and community.

Element 5- Raising Awareness: This books relates to element 5 becuase the teacher, Ms. Frizzle is raising her student's awareness of global warming. She takes her class around the Earth on the magic school bus to show them what is happening and causing global warming. Ms. Friz teaches her students the reasoning behind global warming; showing them what is causing it. After, she has the class come up with ways that they can help stop global warming, and as a class they share the information with the school and community. Overall, Ms. Frizzle is raising her studnets' awareness through a fieldtrip of the world, showing them what global warming actually is, and encouraging her students to find ways of reducing global warming.

Activities: Students can read and learn about global warming from this book. After they can make poster or ads that can raise others awareness of global warming and what can be done to stop it. Similar to the story, students can also find ways that they as individuals can help reduce global warming. When they come up with ways of reducing global warming they can share that with their peers, school, family, and community to raise the awareness of others in the hopes of improving global warming.

1 comment:

  1. Does this book discuss climategate, the broken hockey-stick, the many errors in Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth', the massive amount of carbon-trading fraud, the AGW models' complete inability to predict the last decade of flat-lined global temperatures, and the major inefficiencies and crippling expense of of wind-power?
    If the book doesn't talk about the above then it's merely a propaganda pamphlet, as true science teaching should show children that no science is ever 'settled'.