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“Black Ants and Buddhists” with Many Great Elementary Books #edchat

Started reading the book above with the subtitle is “Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades” by Mary Cowhey. Mary is a 1st or 2nd grade teacher who shares many details of how to teach perspective and thinking differently.

Critical Thinking Books for 1st and Second Graders

  1. Baseball Saves Us – Japanese American internment camp
  2. The Bracelet – Japanese American internment Camp
  3.  “Dragons and Giants” from “Frog and Toad Together” by Arnold Lobel – bavery
  4. The Bear that Wasn’t by Frank Tashlin – identity
  5. Matthew’s Dram of Leo Lionni – prejudice
  6. The Sneetches by Dr. Suess – prejudice
  7. I hate English! by Ellen Levine  – esl
  8. Angel Child, Dragon Child by Michele Maria Surat – conflict resolution
  9. Jeremiah Learns to Read by Jo Ellen Bogart – literacy
  10. Read for Me, Mama by Vashanti Rahaman – literacy
  11. Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Debra Cronin – striking
  12. Langston Hughes poetry
  13. The Big Box by Toni and Slade Morrison – striking
  14. Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made it Happen by King and Osborne.
  15. A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by UNICEF

“Rethinking Our Classrooms” states classroom practice must be:

  • grounded in the lives of our students
  • critical
  • multicultural, antiracists, pro-justice
  • participatory, experiential
  • hopeful, joyful kind visionary
  • activist
  • academically rigorous
  • culturally sensitive.

Multicultural education is antiracist education, basic education, important for all students, pervasive, education for social justice, a process, and critical pedagogy.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but ther eust never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Weisel

Books about poverty

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • !Si, Se Puede! by Diana Cohn
  • The Streets are Free by Karusa
  • Shingebiss by Nancy Na Lann
  • Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen
  • The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
  • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

Environmental Books from page 110

  • Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsberg
  • Hey, Get Off Our Train by John Burningham
  • A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry
  • She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! by Kathryn Lasky
  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry

“The question is not “Can you make a difference?” You already do make a difference . It’s just a matter of what kind of a difference you want to make, during your life on this planet. ”  Julia Butterfly Hill

  1. The purpose of education in an unjust society is to bring about equality and justice.
  2. Students must play an active part in the learning process.
  3. Teachers and students are both simultaneously learners and producers of knowledge.   —- Paulo Freire

Teacher Books :

  1. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Freire
  2. Teachers as Cultural Workers; letters to those who dare teach by Paulo Freire
  3. Keene and Zimmerman’s Mosaic of Thought
  4. Rethinkng our Classrooms
  5. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
  6. The First Six Weeks of School by Denton and Kriete – a responsive classroom book

History Books

  1. Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac
  2. Ann and Liv cross Antarctica by Ryan and Arnesen
  3. A coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King
  4. The Real Thief by William Steig
  5. To be a Slave
  6. From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester
  7. The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars by Jean Merrill

Teaching Children about Tragedy:

  • remind parents to eliminate (or at least severely limit and supervise) exposure to mass media, especially tv.
  • check with families to see how/if they may have been personally affected by the tragedy.
  • listen to the children
  • help them identify their feelings, concerns and questions.
  • Allow for spontaneous connections
  • Be truthful, but brief
  • Clarify misinformation
  • Focus on those who survived
  • brainstorm with the children some action they can take to help survivors
  • focus on those who help and stories of hope
  • reach out in sympathy and friendship to comfort others
  • assure the children of their own safety
  • in case of natural disasters, offer realistic assurances.
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