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The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore)

Last updated Monday, July 23, 2007

Author: Stan Berenstain
Illustrator: Stan Berenstain
Date of Publication: 1999
ISBN: 0688063632
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2004

Synopsis: When careless citizens pose a threat to Bear Country's environment, Brother and Sister Bear form the Earthsavers Club. Their spirited ecological efforts deliver a timely message about the urgent need to mend our polluting and wasteful ways.

Note to readers:
•  Tips for reading the book: This book focuses on the idea that everyone is personally responsible for doing their part to save the environment.? Since this book is a rather lengthy you may not want to do a picture walk before you begin.? Make sure to pace yourself.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What do the "3 R's" mean ? reduce, reuse, recycle? How do these actions help the earth?
•  What do Ecology and Conservation mean?
•  Have you ever seen pollution? Where? What can you do to stop pollution?
•  Can adults learn from children? When have you seen that happen?

Craft ideas:
•  Make an "Earthsavers Club" membership card. Discuss what it means to be an Earthsaver, and write three actions on the back of the card that members can do to help preserve the earth.
•  Design or make a recycling container for your own home, and decorate.
•  Fold a piece of paper into 3 pieces, write "ecology," "conservation," and "recycle" on the top, and draw examples of each underneath.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!