Books used for the environmental stewardship unit
Just a Dream, by Chris Allsburg, demonstrates how children too, can make decisions about environmental practices. The book also provides insight about the importance of being good stewards and making mindful decisions. The books also demonstrates what would happen if everybody littered. Learners will be able to relate easily to the example in this book, which is why we decided to include the text in the unit.
This is an introductory book about sustainable practices. What Does it Mean to be Green, will provide students with ideas pertaining to being good environmental stewards. Many of the principles in this book are practical and can be applied by any age groups, which is why we decided incorporate the text into the Environmental Stewardship unit.
This book is a classic written by Dr. Seuss about trees as a natural resource and the implication of implementing unsustainable practices. Many students may remember this book, and now can examine it through the lens of resource use and management. Lorax was chosen because it discusses the importance of trees and the repercussions of deforestation in an elementary friendly manner that students will understand.
This poetry book, The Tree That Time Built, contains ample amount of environmental poems that will be provided to the students for their skits. The varied amount of poems will allow for multiple perspectives and interpretations of resource use and stewardship. Moreover, poetry will allow students to analyze stewardship using a different type of literature.
Water Dance describes the water cycle using both words and vivid pictures. This book introduces the water cycle and water as a natural resource. Importantly, this book discusses different ways that humans use the resource. Water Dance was selected for this unit because of the book’s vivid pictures and descriptions of water as a natural resource.