Library of Conservation: Using children's literature to teach the concept of stewardship integrates science and language arts

by: Iris McClellan Tiedt

As we try to achieve the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996) and promote general science literacy for young children, we might begin by discussing conservation or stewardship. Children can readily understand the idea of taking care of their own belongings as well as respecting what belongs to others. The leap then to taking care of planet Earth is not too difficult to make even in the primary grades. This activity relates to the Standards’ Content Standard F—Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: All students should develop an understanding of types of resources and changes in environments.


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/1999Stock # sc99_037_03_18Volume 037Issue 03

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