Earth Day--Hooray!: Place Value (MathStart 3 Series)by Stuart J. Murphy, Renee Andriani (Illustrator), Renee W. Andriani (Illustrator)
Earth Day is on the way, and Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park.
CAN they do it?
Counting the cans gives Ryan, Luke, and Carly along with readers a lesson in place value. And facts about recycling throughout
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This timely tale was written as part of a Math series to teach place value, but it can also serve as an excellent way to integrate character and math. In the story, members of a school's Save-the-Planet Club meet to clean up for the upcoming Earth Day celebration. Instead of putting cans in the trash, they decide to recycle them and try to earn money to buy flowers for a local park. Their goal is to collect 5,000 cans. The club pools its resources by sacrificing recess time to count and sort cans and by taking after-school field trips to search for cans. They expand their efforts by recruiting other kids, handing out flyers, and carrying bags for people's cans in nearby neighborhoods. But CAN they do it? Eventually even Luke, the pessimistic friend whose can always seems to be half empty, realizes that with cooperation, hard work, perseverance, and a can-do attitude, they just might meet their goal and plant those flowers. Earth Day - Hooray! is a powerful springboard for a brainstorming classroom session on what other items students can recycle and why the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) are so critical - not only on Earth Day but every day. The book may even plant a seed for someone to start a Save-the-Planet Club or a Green Team on your campus.