Teaching Through Trade Books: Humans and the Earth

by: Christine Anne Royce

This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. Elementary students are beginning to understand the Earth’s natural processes and humans’ impact on the Earth. Humans need the natural resources that the Earth produces, use these resources to develop civilizations, and make decisions to offset the damage they cause, as well as destruction that can occur through natural disasters.This month’s issue includes trade books that investigate these topics.

Grade Levels



5E Analyzing data CCC2: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation Communicating Crosscutting Concepts Disciplinary Core Ideas Disciplinary Core Ideas in Earth and Space Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science Earth and Space Science Earth processes Earthquakes ENCdl Environmental change ESS3.B: Natural Hazards ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems ESS3: Earth and Human Activity ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions ETS1: Engineering Design Experimenting Humans and the environment Instructional Materials Interpreting data Kindergarten Personal and Social Issues Science and Engineering Practices Science as Inquiry Science Focus Science process skills SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions SEP8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information Three Dimensions of the Framework and/or NGSS


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 3/1/2016Stock # sc16_053_07_16Volume 053Issue 07

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