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 23, 2014
Title: Go Easy On Energy
Author: Lisa Bullard
Illustrated by: Wes Thomas
Ages: 8-11(grades 2-4)
Element 5 and 6
This book is about a boy named Tyler, who saves energy by going to school on the bus instead of riding in his mother's car. He explains that his mother's car runs on energy that comes from oil. He talks about the different types of energies and how he takes action to save energy. He turns off lights and the T.V when he is not using it. He thinks about how he can save energy all the time even during recess. He is so concerned about conserving energy that he even dreams about it and wakes up to start the day off by seeing how he can save energy.
This book fits element 6 because It shows how Tyler takes action to save energy. He saves energy by taking the bus to school, instead of his mother driving him, turning off lights and things he is not using. This is a great book to show awareness of saving energy which supports element 5. The social action is when he actually show how he saves energy. This book is demonstrating how to save energy and students can help save energy by take action to save energy. The steps that Tyler takes to save energy can motivate students to start or continue saving energy.
After reading Go Easy On Energy out loud to the class. I will have a class discussion on how we can save energy daily just like Tyler. The Students will voice the ways they will save energy. I will first model how I will save energy and write it on the anchor chart as well as the students responses to how they will save energy. Then independently students will be given a sign that says I love Earth and the student will color it and be given three regular pieces of paper where they have to write three ways on how they can save energy. They will write one way they can save energy in each box with at least one sentence. They will also draw a picture that relates to their writing. They then will assemble all pieces with three black strip of papers to create an energy mobile. The mobiles will be hung in the classroom.
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