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Try This at Home: Planet-Friendly Projects for Kids

Farquhar, Jackie (Editor)
Owlkids 2008. 96 pages
First published: 2008
ISBN: 9782895791928 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 333.72
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:

This book is chock full of information and ideas for creating a greener, more sustainable way of life. Whether it’s making a balcony garden, crafty ways to update old clothes or a quiz for testing “Eco-IQ,” there’s an activity in here for all interests. Informational sections such as “Meet Your Eco-Footprint” and “Talk like a Climate-change Expert” discuss ecology-related issues and define language. “Eco All-Stars” highlights activism of other children.

Quality photography and illustrations are set in dynamic layouts. Detailed photos teach youngsters how to tune up their own bikes; fun illustrations demonstrate the technique for flipping pizza dough. “Shout Out” and “Listen Up” use expressive type to feature relevant quotes by children and adults. One amusing layout combines photo-faces with illustration-bodies in a section where OWL Magazine staff share their favourite greening ideas.

End material includes a bibliography, a list of websites and an index, completing this fine resource for readers who want to protect their environment.

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    Browse the contents, index and bibliography. Discuss how these features will help you use the book.

  •  Read the blurbs on pages 88-89 where the Owl staff describe their “favourite (green) things.” Poll your classmates on their favourite green activities and make a poster in the same style.
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    Choose a project from the first chapter that involves clothing or jewellery. With classmates, put on a planet-friendly fashion show that features your creations. Include an introduction explaining the importance of repurposing old clothing and items.

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    Try out one of the projects. Photograph or film the process. Create a multimedia presentation.

  •  Make up your own planet-friendly project. Make a new page for the book, featuring your project.
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    Make a class list of eco-words and concepts that you already know. Add to the list as you come up with new words. Create a class anchor chart to remember these words and remind you to be green.

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    Try out one of the projects. Photograph or film the process. Create a multimedia presentation.

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    Organize a book, toy or clothing swap for your class or school. Prepare signs and labels to outline the exchange processes.

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    Observe your school environment. Identify a not-so-green situation. Discuss it with your teacher or principal and create a plan to change the situation. Post slogans around the school to remind others to be green.

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    As a class, take the enviro-quiz on pages 82–83. This will serve as a model for a new and improved quiz you will create after reading.

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    Try out one of the projects and photograph or video record the process. Create a multimedia presentation.

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    List not-so-green situations you observe in your school environment. Using information from this text as well as additional research, prepare a quiz that could educate other students and staff. Follow-up as a class and discuss the impact you have had on your environment.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology