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Here we have suggestions for books, videos and magazines that might be useful in teaching Environmental Education in the classroom.


This is My Planet
Author: Jan Thornhill
Publisher: Maple Tree Press (2007)
ISBN 13:978-1-897349-07-6
Offers a clear and fascinating view of our world's amazing interconnections. By seeing how we fit in, readers will discover how even small actions can add up to big changes.

One Well - The Story of Water on Earth
Author: Rochelle Strauss
Publisher: Kids Can Press (2007)
ISBN :978-1-55337-954-6
Imagine for a moment that all the water on Earth came from just one well. This isn't as strange as it sounds. All water on Earth is connected, so there really is just one source - one global well - from which we all draw our water. Great facts too.

Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa that brought them together
Author: Herb Shoveller
Publisher: Kids Can Press (2006)
ISBN: 978-1-55337-967-6
"Never,ever, did Ryan think he would meet Jimmy". Ryan and Jimmy had hit off instantly as pen pals. Now, in Agweo, Uganda, they meet. What started as a simple wish - a wish for a well - has brought Ryan halfway round the world to meet his friend. The story of how 6 year old Ryan Hreljac started a dream to bring clean water to people without.

If the World were a Village
Author: David J Smith
Publisher: Kids Can Press (2005)
ISBN :978-1-55074-779-9
At the moment, there are more than 6 billion people on the planet! It's hard to picture so many people at one time - but what if we imagine the world as a village of just 100 people? Learn about who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak and more.

Weird Weather - Everything you didn't want to know about Climate Change but probably should find out
Author: Kate Evans
Publisher: Groundwood Books(2007)
ISBN :978-0-88899-841-5
The story of climate change is told in the form of a graphic novel (comic). The book takes the form of a discussion among an idealistic teenager asking questions, a goofy scientist giving answers, and a fat cat, businessman nay-sayer who is depicted in the first few pages as holding his ears saying “La la la la I’m not listening!” while scientists and world leaders declare that global climate change is, indeed, a problem that must be dealt with.

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) (Ages 4-8)
Author: Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Little, Brown (1996)
ISBN: 0316309435
How does an item get recycled? The book has neat facts about garbage and tips for kids to help clean up the environment. Great illustrations.

Where does the Garbage Go? (Ages 5-9)
Author: Paul Showers
Publisher: Harper Trophy (1994)
ISBN: 0064451143
Descriptive story about garbage and recycling starts with way things used to be and moves on to recycling, incineration and landfill and their related issues.

A River Ran Wild (Ages 6-9)
Author: Lynne Cherry
Publisher: Voyager Books (2002)
ISBN: 0152163727
Describes the ecological history of a river from 1500’s until today and how people of diverse backgrounds (descendants of European settlers, Native Americans) joined together to fight pollution and restore the health and beauty of the Nashua River and its environment.

The Great KaPok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest (Ages 6-9)
Author: Lynne Cherry
Publisher: Voyager Books (2000)
ISBN: 0152026142
The story tells of a man chopping down a tree in the rainforest. He stops and takes a nap and the inhabitants of the rainforest come down and tell him of the importance of their home. Good descriptions of the native wildlife, great illustrations.

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (Ages 9-12)
Author: Rochelle Strauss
Publisher: Kids Can Press (2004)
ISBN: 1553376692
Describes the 5 kingdoms of the scientific classification (with examples). Discusses habitat loss and its effect on biodiversity, how you can protect the environment. Excellent illustrations.



Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
Referred journal with articles researchers, teachers, scholars and post-secondary students, published once a year.

EnviroZine – Environment Canada’s On-line Magazine
This on-line magazine touches on hot topics, Youth Pages, games with facts. They keep a directory of past issues with respect to youth, lots of links to youth orientated web sites.


Films Media Group – Films for the Humanities and Sciences – K-8 Science
This is a listing of films available in many formats on a wide range of topics.

Weather: An Introduction
Where on Earth does the temperature drop to –128 degrees Fahrenheit? What is a wind farm? And how does rain look from an ant’s perspective? This program provides a thorough overview of the causes and effects of the Earth’s weather. and the effects of extreme heat and cold, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Appropriate for middle school.

Library Video Companion
This site has hundreds of videos (and DVD's) on a huge variety of topics. Choose either by subject matter (for example global warming) or by searching for key words. Narrow down your choices by selecting the grade level. Everything from Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Pollution Solution to documentary style productions from Discovery Channel is here.
For the little folks there are even live action videos of garbage truck tours with Winky and Blinky.

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