A few weeks ago I blogged about a Climate Reality presentation given to educators at the Annual Iroquois Reading Council Conference held on the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. As promised, below are Plattsburgh Childhood Education students’ summaries of literature for integrating climate change content through the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and ELA. Bravos to Dr. Kathy Grant for connecting the theme of climate change in her Childhood Ed class through these student projects. Photos at the very end of blog. Enjoy.
Kelly Saunders and Laura Saddlemire
Why are the Ice Caps Melting? Dangers of Global Warming, by Anne Rockwell
(K-4) The book begins by introducing Earth as a remarkable place that may be the only spot where conditions are right for life. Rockwell goes on to explain in simple language the greenhouse effect, sources of global warming, what the effects of warming have been so far and what they might be in the future. Some solutions are also offered, including planting trees, riding bikes instead of driving, and buying foods that aren’t prepackaged. The ink-and-watercolor art, brimming with action, has a lightness the subject belies, but it adds child appeal. A final two-page spread offers some activities to extend the text.
Bridget Epiphanie, Sarah Handy, and Abigail Piro
(3-5) This book provides a comprehensive introduction to global warming. Beautiful and colorful photographs enrich the reader’s understanding of the causes and effects of global warming and the rapid climate changes our world is experiencing. Seymour Simon teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to provide a children-friendly explanation to questions such as, Why is the climate changing?, Is Earth getting warmer all by itself?, and Are people contributing to the changes in climate? This book informs readers of theories to the causes of global warming and climate change, such as the greenhouse effect, and further explains the contributing factors, such as carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Providing an introduction to solar and wind powers, children explore some of the changes that can be made to help protect the Earth, the atmosphere, and the environment that surrounds us. An index and glossary in the back of the book provide further explanation to the more difficult topics for children to understand.
Christina Fiorillo and Katrina Smith
(K-3) This book is a great way to introduce environmental issues to our young readers. Our House is Round is a narrated conversation that guides readers through climate change by highlighting the causes and effects of environmental change and how they relate to global issues. It provides background information on topics such as global warming, recycling, conserving energy, and planting trees. The author provides colorful illustrations and a positive discussion throughout the book that encourages children to ask and answer questions about their planet. This book is easy to understand and it encourages young readers to be responsible about the earth.
Brooke Persons, Angela Stathopoulos, and Maria Rescelo
(K-2) This book is an Arctic adventure about a little girl and her father who learn all about polar bears. When a polar bear mom loses her cubs, the little girl wants to know how she can help stop climate change from affecting the Arctic where the polar bears live. This book also talks about how to help the environment, giving tips on how kids can make a difference.
Jessica Clothier, Julina Walker, and Melissa MacMillen
(4-6) Not a Drop to Drink conveys a clear message to young readers about this precious commodity and our urgent need to conserve water. Water is one of Earth’s hot environmental topics. The scarcity of clean drinking water will have dramatic consequences for humanity in the 21st century: water disputes could spark regional conflict, while increased desertification and drought could affect world food supplies and the future of farming.
Brianna Boerem, Felicia Lydon, Emily Crosier
(k-3) This book is written in a way that children will understand and yet gives a message that all ages should learn. It is an important book for the new generation. A beautifully simple book for small children where transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world. Many of them, such as turning off the television properly, walking to school and turning off lights when leaving a room, are about conserving energy. Others, such as feeding the birds in winter and growing plants from seed, will encourage an understanding of nature and conservation.