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 30, 2013

The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute Anymore


Author: Stan and Jan Berenstain
Grade Level: K-2

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Summary: When Papa Bear reads a news paper article talking about pollution in Bear County he does not feel it is a problem in their town.  However, brother and sister bear meet with the author of the article, Professor Actual Factual, and find out how serious the problem really is.  The cubs learn about the importance of caring for the environment and come up with a plan to get the message out to other kids and parents alike.

Element 6: This book represents element six because it shows different ways in which children can take action and help stop pollution in their neighborhoods and schools. 

Activity: After reading the story, a large group discussion can be held to talk about how the Berenstain Bears helped stop pollution.  After the discussion have the students make up their own posters and  bumper stickers then give them out to family and friends.

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