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Database Provider

Author

ClimateScience

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Subjects

Science, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Write Your Own Children's Book

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Synopsis
  • This resource includes brief instructions on how to lead students in writing their own children's book about an environmental issue.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Student creativity can flourish as they explore environmental problems and solutions through their writing.
  • Free and engaging examples of children's books are provided on ClimateScience's website (linked in the teacher's guide).
  • Students can not only learn writing and narrative techniques modeled in the books, but they can also learn more about various environmental issues by reviewing the examples.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This activity is intended to last 90 minutes.
  • If possible, teachers may want to provide some printed children's books from the library so students can look at these examples in addition to viewing the linked ones on a screen.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can help students brainstorm ideas to ensure a wide variety of topics are covered.
  • Students can work in groups and assign roles such as illustrator, writer, researcher, and editor.
  • Teachers can create a rubric or checklist to assist students in meeting expectations for the assignment.
  • If students enjoy this activity, check out the lesson Sharing Your Climate Story.
Scientist Notes
This resource challenges students to explain climate change in a fashion that is understandable to their peers. The example books provided are well-written and factual, as are the sources provided - particularly the source from NASA. This activity is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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