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 25, 2011

Think Fair Trade First

Title: Think Fair Trade First!
Author and Illustrator: Ingrid Hess
Kids aged: 3-8
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Element 5: Raising Awareness

Summary: This is a fiction story about two children by the name of Stella and Henry and their aunt Mabel. Aunt Mabel and the two children went shopping for a perfect gift. While shopping aunt Mabel was able to teach the two children a lesson about fair trade. Through fun and learning Stella and Henry were able to learn what is fair and unfair buys, and how to make wise choices. Aunt Mabel help them understand how their purchase helps people around the world.
Element five: This book represents element five Raising Awareness because it helps student learn about "Fair Trade First" the facts of fair trade. This book also teaches students eight principles of fair trade such as "Support good working conditions, and Giving women and girls the same opportunities as men and boys." The students also learn what is fair and unfair for the people who make the products we buy. Students can raise awareness to other people by creating change in the world by the product we buy.

Teachers tips: I would read the book to the class as a read aloud and allow for students to ask questions and have a class discussion among their pears. I would also have students learn facts about what makes a fair and unfair trade and have them come up with ideas of how to create awareness at their local community. In this lesson i would also incorporate some fun activities using a fair trade product like "chocolate" and bake some brownies for the children to eat.

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