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!