I am excited to join Alyson Beecher and other friends in this weekly challenge. Finding great nonfiction picture books isn't a challenge anymore, there are so many wonderful books to be read now! The challenge is sharing them with as many people as possible so they can find this wealth of literature to share with our young readers. Thanks to Aly for starting this weekly link-up and thanks to all who join in! See all of the posts at kidlitfrenzy.
Genius hour. Community action projects. Passion Projects.
Whatever you want to call it, these activities are full of ideas that get great ideas in place. Consider using this picture book biography to give an idea. To talk about how one little idea can spark a big idea. How you can help. How something small can make a big difference.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
By Miranda Paul
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Published by Millbrook Press
Isatou Ceesay lives in Gambia where over time, due to a lack of resources to dispose of garbage, it piled up everywhere. And because of animals being able to roam freely, they searched for good within the piles of garbage and ended up eating plastic bags. As we know, plastic bags do not go away. They ended up inside animals and underground where they strangled the roots of growing plants.
But Isatou has an idea. A small idea that has a big impact.
What can students take from this idea? Stretch their thinking from the book - it's not about what Isatou did, it's what they can do.
Included in the end notes: author's note, pronunciation guide, timeline and additional reading (so happy to see Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Thompson included). Love the end pages - plastic bags. Great visual reminder!
How can you use this book to spark an idea in your classroom?