Asch, F. (1994). The earth and I. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.

This book will be used as the initial read-aloud in the unit. It is where the students will identify their examples of actions people can do to care for the Earth and translate that action onto their Quilt Square. It is a picture book that shows a young child spending a day outside, doing things to care for the Earth. It aligns with the generalization learning target #1 in that it demonstrates small ways people can easily care for the Earth.

Herzog, B. (2009). S is for save the planet. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear
Press.

This book will be made available to students during drop-everything-and read. It is a wonderful resource of examples of ways to care for the Earth, both big and small. It contains alphabetical list with lovely pictures of suggestions to care for the Earth. It is a non-fiction text that is written in poetic verse. It aligns with the both generalization learning targets in that it gives examples of caring for the Earth and reasons why one should do so.

Seuss, Dr. (1971). The lorax. New York, NY: Random House Children’s
Books.

This book is a read-aloud toward the end of the unit when students are exploring why it is everyone’s responsibility to care for the Earth and to persuade others to do so. This aligns with generalization learning target #2. This book tells the tale of a young man who builds a factory that destroys a habitat, all the while a strange man known as “The Lorax” attempts to intervene and “speak for the trees.”

Silverstein, S. (1964). The giving tree. The United States of America:
Evil Eye Music Inc.

This book will be used as a read-aloud to the entire class. It tells the story of a young boy’s relationship with a tree and how one can take and take without realizing it until it is too late. It is used in developing the skill of sequencing which leads to the lesson on prediction. It aligns with the generalization learning target #2 in that it provides reasons why one should care for the Earth.

Winter, Jeanette. (2008). Wangari’s trees of peace: a true story from
africa. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Inc.

This non-fiction book tells the story of Wangari’s return to Kenya after time away to find her once beautiful and tree-filled village desolated and unable to grow crops. She works together with other women to replant trees and give hope back to her community. This story will be used as a read-aloud during the prediction lesson. It aligns with both generalization learning targets in that it gives an example of a way to help the Earth and the reasons why people should care for the Earth.

For additional books about caring for the Earth visit:
http://www.childrenoftheearth.org/Navy%20Pages/recommended-books-children-environment.htm