Ever wonder how to talk to students about climate change and how to empower them to take action?
Many elementary teachers in Washington State wonder about this too! In an effort to support teachers, Regional Science Coordinators in Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee, and Spokane designed a 4 series course using children’s literature. The goal was to collaborate and model an integrated approach to climate change using reading and science together! Washington teachers joined Zoom to engage in discussions about a featured children’s book.
During the third session on Jan. 18th, The Whale Child by Keith Egawa and Chenoa Egawa was the showcase book! The Whale Child is written and illustrated by local Washington authors! This brother- sister team created a gift to the world when this book was released! It’s an inspiring book that introduces young readers to the environmental challenges facing the planet through the eyes of Coast Salish characters and authors. The book brings Native culture and love of family to an environmental story for children. Keith and Chenoa joined the teachers to talk about the story behind the book, their passion for the environment, and hope for the future.
Through CLIME TIME funding teachers received books and reading guides to support conversations about Climate Change in the classroom. In the last session, teachers will be sharing what they implemented in the classroom and the impact using children’s literature has made in opening minds to learning, action, and hope.
A special thanks you to Keith Egawa and Chenoa Egawa for sharing your gift with us all!