Defenders of the Future—Tackle Today’s Water Troubles. A Story with Lessons, Activities, and Resources for Grades 3+ / written by Dawn Pape, illustrated by Lisa Sacchi.
Since this story is filled with dense content and big issues, the author suggests following the book’s layout and reading only a few pages of the story at a time followed by a corresponding activity delineated by dotted borders to help the students absorb the information before moving on to the next “mission.”
This book doesn’t dance around real-world water challenges, but faces them head on. Combining science and social studies, the defenders of the future characters interact with the talking water cycle character. The story reveals how, even though humans are negatively impacting the water cycle, regular people (like your students!) can use their super strengths to turn these challenges around.
‘Tis the season to rethink our eating habits–and it’s never too early to start!
After Maxwell learns the hard truth that eating junk food isn’t as glamorous as he envisions, he not only embraces healthy-eating, he defends it! Maxwell takes the readers on an adventurous tour of the foods growing right in his yard and uses invisible force fields and ninja skills to protect his healthy harvests from attacking monsters and invaders. Along the way, he shares gardening knowledge he’s learned from his mom and the secret to successful crops.
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