Volume 31, No.4 - Summer 2017

Volume 31, No.4 - Summer 2017
Cover Theme: TEACHING BIG IDEAS TO LITTLE KIDS

The (Young) People’s Climate Conference

Teaching Global Warming to 3rd Graders

A teacher adapts the “Climate Change Mixer” designed for older students as a springboard for a unit on global warming and climate justice.

The (Young) People’s Climate Conference

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