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 29, 2013

How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax

Title: How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax
Author: Tish Rabe
Illustrator: Christopher Moroney and Jan Gerardi
Reading Level: Grades 1-3

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Summary: How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax is a great beginner  "How To" book. It shows children simple things that they can do in their daily lives to make a difference. The tale isn't boring either; it's bright, fun, and catchy with its rhyming lines. The Lorax is a character from the famous author Dr. Seuss and Tish Rabe took the opportunity to expand on what the Lorax is all about. Throughout this colorful book the Lorax talks about what happens when we throw trash away and are wasteful with resources such as paper and water. He helps children understand what happens to garbage after tossing it in their trash cans and how garbage and waste is destroying our planet. This book is also part of the "Step into Reading" series.

Element Six- Taking Social Action:  How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax is a great book to help kids learn how to make a difference on Earth, not just read about how the earth is being destroyed by pollution. The colors and the Lorax character will keep kids interested in the topic. The book also shows kids doing every day tasks, such as brushing their teeth and taking a shower. By turning the water off while brushing and taking a shorter shower the Lorax tells the kids that they will help the planet save water.

1. An activity that I would do in connection to How to Help the Earth- by the Lorax would be to ask the students to bring in recyclable items to class (bottles, cans, paper, batteries, etc) so we can learn how to separate the items accordingly and how each type of recyclable gets recycled. I would also ask students to bring in items that they no longer need so we could start a class or school donation drive.
2. Another activity that I would do would be to have the students keep a log for a week. I would tell them to pay attention
when they are walking outside and to note how much trash they see on the streets, what kind, and if there are any garbage and recycling cans in the area. Depending on how this goes, if the students feel as though we need more cans for garbage and recycling I would have them write letters to the mayor addressing their concerns.
3. The Lorax also loved planting trees and in the story told us how important trees are. As a class we would plant a tree together and would make sure that the tree gets the proper nutrients to flourish. 

1 comment:

  1. I think it's really helpful that children learn how important is to ride safely protect the environment.

    Children are natural learners, and when they’re young, you can hardly stop them from learning!