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, September 30, 2014

Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who!

Written and Illustrated by: Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss"


      This book tells the story of "Horton" the elephant, which while playing in a puddle, hears a voice but no one is around. On further inspection he realizes that the sound is coming from a spec of dust. Being the kind-hearted creature he is, Horton vows to protect the spec of dust realizing that someone or something lives on it.

Later, Horton realizes that not only does someone live on the spec but in all actuality the spec is actually a planet! One with buildings, trees and people, yes! Plural! The Mayor of the microscopic whoville asks Horton to protect them from all dangers they may encounter. Horton agrees stating, "A person is a person no matter how small. “The other animals in the village don’t take well to Horton protecting the spec, of which they believe is not inhabited by anything.

      At one point the spec is stolen by monkeys and Horton vows to get it back. The person in charge a power hungry Kangaroo, threatens to boil the spec to prove nothing exists on it. That is when the town gets together to make a loud sound; loud enough to assure the kangaroo and everyone else hear them. Alas, they succeed and all the jungle animals vow to protect the spec and its tiny inhabitants.

Element 2: Respect for others

The reason I picked this book was because of its message, I believe it is the perfect story for element two. This story spreads the message of equality, "A person is a person no matter how small." It also shows students to stand up for people who dont or cant stand up for themselves. It also shows studetns that if you beleive in something you should stand up to all those that oppose you.

Classroom Activity 

The story can assist with different subjects there are activities for Literacy and Math, even science. 

Literacy: The students can write a thank you letter in the prespective of the Mayor of the whos to Horton. Also, the students can write a newspaper report about an elephant who found a planet on a spec or a article about the planet itself, how did it get there?

Math: How large is an elephant? How small is a speck of dust and how would you be able to measure them. What unit of measure would you use. 

Science: As a teacher you can compare the size of whos to things in real life so they can picture the scale of things. 

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