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 25, 2016

Gabby & Grandma Go Green

Author & Illustrator: Monica Wellington

Grade Level: Pre-K to 2nd grade


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When Gabby visits her Grandma they always plan a day full of "go green" activities. Gabby learns step by step how to make a reusable bag only using recycled cloth materials. Grandma shows Gabby that the bags can be used  to bring bottles to be recycled and then for grocery shopping at the local farmer's market. They stop for a picnic in the park with their sandwiches they made from the fresh food they bought at the market. Next stop, the library! Gabby and Grandma search for books with even more ideas of projects to help save the Earth! Gabby and Grandma walk home to Grandma's house and Gabby fills her reusable bag with fabric to make more bags, she wants to make one that says "Go Green!".

Element 6- Taking Social Action
This book provides students with a step by step directional guide of how to make recycled bags out of cloth located in the back of the book. Throughout the book, there are helpful tips and sayings of how you can go green to help save the Earth on the border of each page. Some of these tips include "change to long-life light bulbs" and "use cloth napkins instead of paper". All of the tips can easily be applied to anyone's daily activities and people of all ages can participate in them.

Classroom activity: 
Gabby & Grandma Go Green provides students with the knowledge of reusable bags. I would create a lesson off of this and have the students bring in their own reusable bags. I would then set up different stations throughout the classroom such as a Farmer's Market, Recycle Center and a School station. The students would demonstrate how their cloth bag can be used for many activities all in the same day. For example, the students would visit the "Recycle Center" first and drop off their recyclable,  materials, then they would visit the "Farmer's Market" and pick up fresh food, next they would use the same bag to bring their books to the "School station". Students will then reflect and discuss where else they can use their reusable bags and how it helps save the Earth.

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