Multcolib School Corps Picks Environmental Protection Grades K-2
Annotation:EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species are evolutionarily unique, which means if they don't survive, there will be no similar species left on Earth. But all hope is not lost. EDGE researchers are working hard to locate, create awareness of, and ensure a safe future for these special creatures. In Animals at the EDGE, readers will meet some of these intrepid scientists and follow them on expeditions that take them to the limits of the Earth - from the heights of the Cyclops Mountains in Papua, New Guinea to the depths of China's Yangtze River, to the forests of Haiti, and across the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. These extraordinary creatures include the long-beaked echidna, a rare spine-covered mammal with relatives that date back to dinosaur times; the long-eared jerboa, a big-eared mouse-sized creature that hops like a kangaroo; and the tiny bumblebee bat, so small it can fit on a fingertip. The animals are part of the Zoological Society of London's EDGE of Existence project, a global conservation program started to highlight these unique creatures so they do not silently disappear from our world forever.
Annotation:Have you ever wondered where all that stuff in the recycling bin goes? See that plastic bottle, glass jar, and carboard box? You're about to see how each item is recycled, step by step.
Annotation:Crinkleroot, who was "born in a tree and raised by bees," guides young readers through the natural world, taking them on a journey through the seasons, and giving examples of things they can do in their own backyards to protect the environment and animal habitats.
Annotation:Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely.
Annotation:On a field trip to the Nature Center, Three J leads his second-grade classmates on a mission to pick up as much trash as possible after they find a bird caught in a discarded lunch bag.
Annotation:When Gretchen, her twin brother Jason, their little sister Daphne, and a friend find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime, they learn how the water became polluted and what can be done to clean it up.
Annotation:The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.
Annotation:An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Indians through the polluting years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious clean-up that revitalized it.
Annotation:When Clarice has to do a school project on the environment, she and her family become eco-warriors in an attempt to save a tree on their street.
Annotation:Addressing important issues in a fun way, this book shows children doing small things that help make up an environmentally gentle lifestyle. Emphasis is placed on such tasks as taking care of small creatures and their habitats, nurturing seeds, picking up litter, and recycling.
Annotation:Thousands of animal species have vanished in the last two centuries, and many others, like the Amur leopard, are almost gone.Read and find out about the world's most fascinating endangered animals ... before they disappear!
Annotation:One cold, spring morning, an ordinary grocery bag begins blowing around a landfill, then as it travels down a road, through a stream, and into a town, it is used in various ways by different people, many of whom do not even notice it.
Annotation:Pinch is a pack rat who does not want to give up the possessions that are cluttering his house, but when he finally is persuaded to sell them at a neighborhood tag sale, he discovers the beauty of recycling. Includes tips on "reducing, reusing, and recycling."
Annotation:When Mrs. Connor's class celebrates Earth Day, Emma decides to start small by recycling, using only what she needs, and picking up trash when she goes for a walk.
Annotation:The remarkable web of plants and animals living around a single old fir tree takes on a life of its own in this story about the amazing ways in which the [forest] inhabitants depend upon one another for survival.
Annotation:Presents how oil is used currently, what alternatives can help us use less oil energy in the future, and the impact of oil use on the environment.
Annotation:Sid the Science Kid goes to the local Science Center to learn about protecting the environment, conservation, and recycling. Then Sid and his friends find out about animals and their habitats.
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Materials on environmental protection (in English and Spanish) for grades K-2. The library has already-prepared Buckets of Books on this topic that you can check out. The Buckets contain books similar to those on the list (though not every title is exactly the same) plus a teacher's guide. To see the list of Buckets, go to: http://web.multcolib.org/educators/school-corps/bucket-books .