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Author

American Public Health Association

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Videos, 14 minutes, 02 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

"Old Enough to Save the Planet" Read Aloud

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Synopsis
  • Introduce younger students to many of the concepts and topics related to climate change and the environment through this read-along video, narrated by the author Loll Kirby. 
  • All of the short stories are about real students taking action to solve an environmental issue in their community. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This book covers many topics that could be explored further, and each individual story could be used separately.
  • The illustrations are colorful and engaging.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Loll Kirby is an Australian author. You may need to clarify some words that are not commonly used in American English (such as lorries) or that may be hard to hear.
  • The words on the book are not always visible at the time that the author is reading them.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The video shares stories about climate activism. These include taking action on deforestation, plastic pollution, conservative agriculture, flooding, and other environmental problems. This is insightful and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.3.7 Explain how specific illustrations or text features contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a text (e.g., create mood, emphasize character or setting, or determine where, when, why, and how key events occur). (RI&RL)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.3.2 Determine main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats.
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