What I love about this book is that it makes visible the process of creating positive change. You notice a problem in your community and work with the community to devise systemic solutions to solve it. This book can inspire children can practice this skill at a young age.
Social Justice Activities:
- Explore the sustainable farming initiatives near you. Research local food banks. Create maps for these resources in your community and transportation options to help people who may not have access.
- Partner with a local organization to brink a community garden or even a small container gardens to your school.
- If you have a have a school garden, center culturally responsive practices.
- Gather data on family cooking practices and grow the herbs families typically use in their family recipes.
- Introduce class inequality as a function of school funding. Why didn't PS 175 already have a garden?
Problem/Solution Analyze Mr. Tony & the students' actions. Why did they develop the garden space? (they noticed a run down space that wasn't benefitting the community) How did they develop the space? (The worked together over a long period of time. When a plant didn't grow they didn't get frustrated, they used it as a learning opportunity).
Cause/Effect: What causes some schools to have a garden and some to not have a garden? Why do some schools have beautiful buildings and a lot of resources and some schools don't?
Inferences: What do we infer about the students and their families if 400 students participated? (That they care about eating healthy, fresh foods so much that they will devote a lot of time to gain access).
- Non-Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Students in Harlem
- Author's stated heritage: Black
- Subject Integration: Science, Art, SEL