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The Mess that We Made

Elementary

Description

In this award-winning book, the readers are taken on a rhythmic journey from the ocean through its many inhabitants to land. They will explore the consequences of the litter that is accumulating in the ocean and also realize that they can take action to make a difference. 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The Mess That We Made is a compelling and age-appropriate book for the early elementary classroom.  Its beautiful illustrations and rhythmic prose make this a book that could be read multiple times in the classroom setting. It is best suited to address the outcomes in literacy, social studies and science dealing with the environment, human impact and sustainable practices.

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        • Global Indigenous Peoples:Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors

Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (2)

  • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Endangered Species

Food & Agriculture (1)

  • Aquaculture

Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

  • Fisheries

Waste Management (3)

  • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Source Reduction

Water (2)

  • Marine Environments
  • Water Quality