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What Does It Mean to Be Green?

DiOrio, Rana (Author)
Blair, Chris (Illustrator)
Little Pickle Press 2010. 32 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9780984080618 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 363.7
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

Description:

The message behind this educational picture book is simple but not simplistic: If we can all be green, we can save the world. Introducing the basic concepts and vocabulary associated with recycling, it offers practical, age-appropriate advice to children on how to change the way they consume, such as “using food scraps to make fertilizer for your garden” and “enjoying your ice cream in a cone, rather than in a paper cup with a plastic spoon.”

Starting with “What does it mean to be green?” the book moves from a question-and-answer format to a list of ways children can be environmentally responsible around the house (while encouraging grown-ups to do the same). The positive upbeat tone and minimal text send a clear message that by working together, children can be catalysts for global change. Bright, lively artwork consists of stick-figure characters against a watercolour-style background.

Practising what it preaches, this environmentally friendly book uses recycled fibre and post-consumer waste, soy inks and green packaging. A mission statement at the end explains the publisher’s commitment to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible children.

  •  

    Complete a personal list titled I’m environmentally conscious so I . . . .

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    What current habits could you change in order to better help the environment? Create an I Pledge to be Green sign.

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    Add to the fun facts presented at the end of the book. Write these new facts on large cards and place them around the classroom. 

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    Design a poster informing your school of the ways in which everyone could be more green.

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    Sort ideas from the text into (1) green actions you already do and (2) those you need to do to be more green.

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    Write signs promoting environmental awareness. Add illustrations and post them in appropriate places around the school (e.g. Recycle Your Juice Boxes! taped above the lunch room recycling bin).

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    Create a book, video or toy swap at school with items you no longer use or need. Prepare a poster or letter to advertise it.

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    Think of a useful item that can be made from recycled objects. Explain how to make it. 

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To solve problems
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology