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Book cover: Si, Se PuedeBook cover: Si, Se Puede

!Si, Se Puede!/Yes We Can!

by Diana Cohn

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 8, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Children's Books, Early Childhood, Elementary, Human Rights, Resources, Spanish

A chronicle of the April 2000 Janitor Strike in Los Angeles, told through the eyes of a young boy whose mom is one of those striking workers. More

Book cover: 'Twas the Night Before ThanksgivingBook cover: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

by Dav Pilkey

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 10, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Children's Books, Early Childhood, Elementary, Resources

School children visit a turkey farm and befriend the turkeys. When they learn what’s planned for their new friends, they must try to save the turkeys from certain doom. More

Book cover: 101 ChangemakersBook cover: 101 Changemakers

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History

by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran, eds.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 2, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

The editors of “101 Changemakers” have created an accessible and useful book to help  “share empowering history and ideas with our children.” As they say, “Children do learn in  school about a handful of advocates… More

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 31, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Websites

A coalition of people and organizations working to stop global warming by encouraging the adoption of clean energy and positive systemic change (including getting worldwide C02 emissions to below 350 ppm). The website includes information… More

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5 Elephants

by Rob Laidlaw

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 24, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Elephants are complex, intelligent beings who have family units and a culture. Elephants are also some of the most-hunted animals on earth, as their tusks are highly sought after, they are considered “pests” or trophies… More

Book cover: A Child's GardenBook cover: A Child's Garden

A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope

by Michael Foreman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 21, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Media & Culture, Peace, Resources, Social Studies/History

When a young boy discovers a tiny green shoot amidst the rubble and ruin that has become his home after a violent conflict, he nurtures the plant (a grapevine), until it grows so large that… More

A Class Divided

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 11, 2012 | Filed under Education, Human Rights, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

A Class Divided (60 min) profiles the story of a teacher who gave her students a daring lesson in discrimination in 1968 and has been doing the same for students and adults ever since. More

Book cover: A Drop of WaterBook cover: A Drop of Water

A Drop of Water

by Gordon Morrison

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 11, 2012 | Filed under Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

Follows the journey of how water from rain flows through various bodies of water, feeding the different animals and habitats that depend on it, until it ends as a drop of water on the tip… More

A Gathering Crowd: Functions & Rates of Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 6, 2013 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Lesson Plans/Activities, Math, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

Is human population growth threatening to overshoot and jeopardize the earth’s carrying capacity?  If so, what can be done about it? In this activity, students will be able to: describe and model human population growth… More