Hey friends! Thanks for being here! Today I want to share some books that I found which all connect back to the theme of ENVIRONMENTALISM. These are PERFECT read-alouds for your class, and there are tons of ways to connect these to different subjects and standards.
I teach at an IB school, so we study in “Units of Inquiry,” and one of these units is our “Sharing The Planet.” Our units of inquiry are integrated units with science, social studies, literacy, and math all included. We use IB standards for science and social studies, and Common Core for literacy and math. During this study, we work as a class to study how humans affect the environment and what they can do to improve the environment we live in. These books allow students to study and think in multiple ways, while also being able to connect to different literacy, science, and even social studies standards.
Some examples of cross-curricular books between science and social studies in the list are: Don’t Let Them Disappear- Chelsea Clinton, Bee & Me- Alison Jay, 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World- Melanie Walsh, The Water Princess: Based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel- Susan Verde, Compost Stew- Mary McKenna Siddals, The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle- Alison Inches, The Lonely Polar Bear- Khoa Le, Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem- Patricia Newman, and Rainbow Weaver- Linda Elovitz Marshall. AKA ALL OF THEM! These stories tell both scientific information and the implications of them, as well as offering civic or historical information.
Other books that can be used in a Language Arts class that will connect back to the line of inquiry within environmentalism would include Bee & Me- Alison Jay, The Water Princess: Based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel- Susan Verde, Compost Stew- Mary McKenna Siddals, The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle- Simon & Schuster, The Lonely Polar Bear- Khoa Le, Rainbow Weavers- Linda Elovitz. These could connect writing how-to books or writing narratives. Each connects back to the main line of inquiry, while still showing elements of reading and writing that can be taught in mini-lessons or through other forms of direct instruction.
I can't wait to use these books in my classroom library and picking 1 to read each day and connecting them together through paired reading! Some examples of pairs that I have already thought would work well together are Don’t Let Them Disappear- Chelsea Clinton, Bee & Me- Alison Jay, and The Lonely Polar Bear- Khoa Le. These each address human impacts on these animals and how we can change our actions to help them. Another example of a paired reading is The Water Princess: Based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel- Susan Verde, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World- Laurie Lawlor, and Rainbow Weaver- Linda Elovitz Marshall, which all tell about how people have been innovative and creative to change the environment around them. These could also be paired with 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World- Melanie Walsh, which could help the students generate and create a list of things that they can do to help the environment.
I think in a reading or writing class, I would use the narratives to highlight different aspects of a narrative story, while also making connections between entertainment narratives and informational narratives. As a class, the students could list ways that these stories entertain them (pictures, language/descriptive words, personal connections), as well as listing ways that these books inform them and help them to develop their own plans for being environmentally conscious throughout life.
Do you have any other books that you LOVE that connect back to environmentalism?! Share with me in the comments so we can all grab them for our classroom libraries!
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