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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge : Element 6

         The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

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This book takes Ms. Frizzle's students for a wild ride to see what actually causes global warming. After the students discover it is their actions that contribute to global warming, they decide they must take action to help minimize global warming and also raise awareness so others can do the same. The students take action not only in their school, but decide they must reach people in a bigger way. They put on a play at their school which attracts the local news and also write to the mayor, senators and even the president!

                                             Element 6: Taking Social Action

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Change is a great book for teachers to read to their third to fifth grade students to raise awareness about global warming and climate change. The book teaches about how each person has an impact and can help lessen global warming, but the more important lesson in the book is about taking action to make change. The book shows how students use the information they learned to make a change not only within their school, but also in their community and even the country.


One fun activity would be for students to make posters or signs to place around the school which would save energy and reduce waste, such as using the dryer in the bathroom instead of paper towels. This would raise other students awareness about this issue while also helping make a change.

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