Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day

Day 2 of educating your child (simplistically) about Earth Day with the help of Fancy Nancy!

O'Connor, Jane.
Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day.
February 2009.
HarperCollins Publishers.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Fans of Fancy Nancy will love her return in this "I Can Read" story! Not only does Nancy return, full of fancy words for her readers, she also introduces her readers on how to be "green" - a relatively new term that encourages being Earth conscience and taking care of the Earth that provides for us. Specifically, Nancy and her family work together (after a bit of priming, anyways) to make their family a "Green Family." Together, they create some family rules to follow to stay green:
  1. Less than a mile? Then bike in style.
  2. Please take note. Always bring a tote.
  3. In cold weather, keep the room temperature low.
    It's better to wear a sweater.
  4. Don't waste water. Get clean, but stay green.
This book is wonderful to teach children the basics of staying "green" and taking simple steps to take care of the Earth. And of course, Nancy has a way with words that will certainly appeal to children and get them giggling and interested!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • As a family, discuss what it means to "be green." Talk about why being green is important. Then, together, create a family poster of ways in which your family will "be green." For example, start a compost pile so meal waste doesn't go directly to trash facilities! Work together and brainstorm a list, then work hard to put the poster in effect in your home!

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