Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Why Should I Recycle?

Green, Jen (Author)
Gordon, Mike (Illustrator)
Barron’s 2005. 32 pages
First published: 2002
ISBN: 9780764131554 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 363.72
Book type: Non-Fiction

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:

A little girl spots her teacher, Mr. Jones, with a box of recycling: “‘What’s recycling?’ ‘I’ll explain at school!’” Mr. Jones takes the kids on a tour of a recycling facility. Conversational language explains how different materials are processed, suggesting some new uses for each: “And what about all that paper and plastic that goes in here, and here?” Other methods for reducing waste and reusing materials are also covered: “‘Don’t waste waste, Mom!’”

Funny images in sketchy pen marks and pastel hues depict bottle-crushing, can-stacking and a fly-ridden dump. In one image, the little girl and her pet dog haul unwanted stuff to the second-hand shop. In another, she urges recycled paper towels on a (surprised) fellow customer at the grocery store. At the end, she watches as her father stands amazed over their almost empty trash can.

Child-friendly language and images provide young readers with basic knowledge and methods to become the environment-protectors they yearn to be.

Back material offers parents and teachers ideas for using this book and for other related activities.

  •  Discuss the role of recycling at home and at school. Use a graphic organizer to record what you know and any questions that arise. Modify and add to it as you read.
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    Use a tablet or other device to produce a public service announcement about the importance of recycling. Incorporate ideas from the book.

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    Design an encouraging how-to poster about recycling that could be posted in your school.

  •  Discuss the role of recycling at home and at school. Use a class graphic organizer to record what you know and any questions that arise. Modify and add to it as you read.
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    Create an anchor chart of words related to reusing, reducing, recycling. Add to it as you come across new words.

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    Explore your home, class or school’s waste-reducing habits. Report on what is already being done and bring forward ideas that would improve the situation.

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