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Going Green at School

Aloian, Molly (Author)
Crabtree 2014 24 pages
First published: 2014.
Series: The Green Scene
ISBN: 9780778702832 (paperback)
9780778702641 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 370.28
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The main message of this fact-filled book is that “small changes in our lives, at home, and at school” can lessen our impact on the Earth. Divided up into a dozen two-page chapters, the book’s vibrant layout includes short, age-appropriate texts with highlighted vocabulary, colourful photographs and kid-friendly information capsules, many of which involve “Take Action!” suggestions.

Some of its simple, easy-to-adopt strategies for going green include biking, walking, or skateboarding to school, using natural light in the classroom on bright days, unplugging idling electronic equipment, saving and reusing paper, making the school a “no plastic bottle” zone, having litter-free lunches and purchasing environmentally-friendly school supplies (e.g. notebooks made from recycled paper, water-based paints, biodegradable pens, acid-free glue sticks and pencils made from recycled wood).

This small book, one of a series of six on living green, includes a glossary, a list of additional resources and an index.

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    Discuss how you can make a difference to the environment: carrying lunches in reusable containers, studying how you use paper, recycling, reusing, etc. Discuss what “going green” means (see glossary at the back.)

  •  

    Conduct a questionnaire and make a graph to show how people from your class get to school (refer to p. 6). Write an explanation of what the graph shows to ensure younger students understand.

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    Make a poster encouraging people to use more green alternatives to get to school, reminding people to recycle or turn off lights, etc.

  •  

    After an Earth Day celebration, write a review of the day to send out to the school community, in a newspaper or on a website.

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    Discuss how “green” your own school already is. Keeping in mind the many possibilities for going green, make a list of what can be done to improve your school’s situation. Speak to your principal and bring up a few suggestions.

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    Create and display posters that encourage ecological practices in school. Use the new knowledge and vocabulary you have learned from both the book and the class discussion.

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    Write an article about green practices at home or at school for the school website.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology