Academic journal article Science and Children

Reducing Pollution and Waste

Academic journal article Science and Children

Reducing Pollution and Waste

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By Jen Green. 48 pp. $25.49. ISBN: 9781410942999. Raintree Publishers. (Grade 3)

As students dive into Reducing Pollution and Waste, one book in a series promoting a healthy environment, they will see how waste and pollution can overwhelm natural processes, the benefits and limitations of reducing waste, how people should reuse and recycle, and issues that arise from proper disposal. Students also learn personal responsibility through this book as they are asked to come up with solutions and be proactive in protecting the environment in their own community.

Readers find a "Word Bank" at the bottom of each right-hand page which quickly defines and showcases new words. This bright spot for struggling readers is also somewhat of a conundrum. New vocabulary is introduced so quickly within the text that for the weaker readers the book is quite challenging. Raintree Publishers lists the book as a Level S (or approximately fifth grade), at which time a reader should be fairly fluent. For lower-level or English as a second language readers the book may prove to be stressful to read. In that case a classroom teacher could make better use of the book as a resource for one or more lessons on humans and the environment; reading selections as appropriate to reinforce content and engage students. …

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