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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program

(March and April 2010)


It Isn't Easy Being Green

Recommended for grades K-2

What does it really mean to “Go Green?”  In this environmentally friendly program, students will learn about recycling, as well as reducing consumption and reusing everyday materials.  Get ready to save the planet through stories, informational texts, and a hands-on activity.

Fiction and Informational Books:

Recycle Every Day!

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
Recycle Every Day!

When Minna has a school assignment to make a poster about recycling, her entire rabbit family spends the week practicing various kinds of recycling and suggesting ideas for her poster.

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

Walsh, Melanie
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

A reminder of the easy, everyday ways we can be kinder to the Earth


Maass, Robert

An introduction to the problems of waste management and the various ways we dispose of garbage

Earth Friends at Home

Galko, Francine
Earth Friends at Home

Discusses the importance of reducing waste, recycling, and reusing products in the context of life at home


Recycled Art

Recommended for grades 3-5

What do you do when there’s too much trash?  Students will learn about a different side of recycling and environmentally friendly practices in this interactive program about artists who use recycled materials as their medium.  Stories and informational texts will be explored, followed up with a hands-on activity.  

Fiction and Informational Books:

Here Comes The Garbage Barge

Winter, Jonah & Red Nose Studio
Here Comes the Garbage Barge

In the spring of 1987, the town of Islip, New York, with no place for its 3,168 tons of garbage, loads it on a barge that sets out on a 162-day journey along the East Coast, around the Gulf of Mexico, down to Belize, and back again, in search of a place willing to accept and dispose of its very smelly cargo.

An Artists America

Albert, Michael
An Artist's America

Reproductions of collages form the basis of Albert's introduction to his own artistic journey and of his passion for promoting the use of recycled materials in art.

Bottle Houses

Slaymaker, Melissa Eskridge & Paschkis, Julie
Bottle Houses: The Creative Wold of Grandma Prisbrey

An introduction to the world of folk artist Grandma Prisbrey

Make It!

Bull, Jane
Make It!

Presents a variety of projects making use of paper, plastic, metal, or fabric trash.