Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mentor Text Link Up -- The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!

Linking up again with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Link Up!  This week's focus is science, and what better time with Earth Day this week.  I have chosen to share The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca (Illustrated by Rosa M. Curto).  

This text is perfect for teaching students about what THEY can do to help reuse, reduce, and recycle as it follows Paul around his community.  Readers take a little "trip" through Paul's home, school, and community to see what everyone is doing to help out. The text also does a great job explaining what happens to garbage after it is thrown away, how paper is recycled, and what it means to compost.  Additional topics/concepts in this text include: landfill, incinerator, waste, reusing materials for crafts, handing things down, conserving water and electricity, reducing the amount of plastic used, water pollution, items that can be recycled, etc. AND there are four activities at the end of the book: making a recycled birdhouse, a recipe for stale-bread pudding, an experiment, and a notebook craft.  

As a class, we list as many things as ways we can think of that Paul, his family, friends, and the community reused, reduced, and recycled.  Then we star all of the things that KIDS can do.  This way students can see the abundance of things THEY can do to help--it really raises their awareness.  We talk about how much POWER they have when it comes for caring for the earth. 

My kids will also be making Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse mobiles this year.  This will be their chance to share what they already do/plan to do in each of the areas.  

If you don't already have this text in your collection, it would be a great one to add!  

Please don't forget to stop fly on over to Collaboration Cuties where you can learn about oodles more science mentor texts. Have a great week!


  1. Perfect! I just returned from a three day school trip to an Environmental camp and this book fits with the follow- up on that! I also love the mobile writing task! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Great! Thanks for stopping over for the mentor text link up! :0)


  2. This looks like a great book to use with my kiddos after we get back from our camping trip. We spend time talking about ecosystems and how we can take care of the Earth.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

    1. Camping trip! That sounds fun and educational! Enjoy!


  3. What a cute Earth Day activity! Love it!

    iTeach 1:1

  4. I have not heard of this book and the mobile activity looks too cute!! Thank you for linking up!

    Collaboration Cuties

  5. Perfect for Earth Day! Thanks for sharing about this book!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. What an awesome post! I have not seen this book before, but I am LOVING that mobile craft! Too cute!

    Joy in the Journey

  7. Great recommendation. I was looking for some more Earth Day books to add to my library.
    I'm a new follower.

    School Is a Happy Place