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The (Young) People’s Climate Conference

Teaching Global Warming to 3rd Graders
The room was bustling with 28 3rd graders diligently working in pairs and practicing their scripts for next week’s “People’s Climate Summit.” The 8- and 9-year-olds were discussing parts, devising props and costumes, and sounding out Bengali words and scientific terms. “Ms. Shafer, what is a gla-ker?” Paris, her partner Adrian, and I looked at their script and sounded out the word “glacier” together. “I remember what a glacier is. That’s what’s melting in the North Pole!” Adrian exclaimed.  “Exactly, Adrian. But does your character live in the North Pole?” “No, Nancy Tanaka lives in Oregon,” he responded. We looked at a map of North America. Most of my New Orleanian... Read More »

Volume 31, No.4 - Summer 2017 Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Love for Syria

Tackling World Crises with Small Children

A teacher wrestles with explaining refugee crises, dictators, and the trauma of war to her 1st- and 2nd- grade classroom.

Love for Syria

EDITORIAL: Little Kids, Big Ideas

Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
EDITORIAL: Little Kids, Big Ideas
Features

Teaching to the Heart

Poetry, Climate Change, and Sacred Spaces

Using Marshallese poet and climate justice activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s poem “Dear Matafele Peinam,” a teacher helps 7th graders think about the sacred spaces in their own lives and how they will be a ected by climate change.

Teaching to the Heart

Mapping Childhood

How Our Stories Build Community

A neighborhood mapping exercise helps students develop their narrative writing and storytelling skills while also building classroom community by connecting home worlds to the curriculum. Adapted from the newly-released second edition of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up.

Mapping Childhood

From Many Sides Now

Teaching the Poetry of the Vietnam War

A teacher uses poetry and the creation of found poems as a way to get her students to think beyond the simple “two sides to every story” narrative of the Vietnam War.

From Many Sides Now
Departments
Letter from the Editors

Goodbye — and Welcome

Ed Alert

Girls Against Dress Codes