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“ABC in Harmony” is a cheerful picture book that delivers a profound message about how we should treat each other and the planet we live on. The bright pictures and simple text in this literacy tool for primary grades can also be used to encourage classroom dialogue about empathy, responsibility and environmental stewardship. The book goes beyond the ABC’s to celebrate uniqueness and diversity while engaging students in thoughtful reflection about our global interconnections.
This book provides an opportunity for students to build vocabulary skills through reading and responding to the text. The class could create a word wall with a cultural diversity theme and write accompanying rhyming sentences to convey meaning.
The vivid pictures and simple text also offer a great introduction to an Earth Day project focused on planting tree seedlings or native wildflowers to create wildlife habitat. A class could also organize an Earth Day clean-up of the school grounds and older students could participate in a community based environmental initiative such as collecting and recycling plastic bottles.
Many of the book’s illustrations depict children discovering nature. An integrated teaching unit could involve students in exploring a local natural area to study plants and animals. The class could then create posters that include descriptive words about their experience to inform peers about the value of community green spaces.
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