Tatia continues Earth month by discussing the use of picturebooks with an environmental focus in primary English teacher education. Rather than discussing a specific picturebook, Tatia lists some of the opportunities informative eco-themed picturebooks, such as the series by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield: Mars!, Moon!, Sun!, Earth!, Ocean! and Our Planet!, can offer student teachers.
Show/Hide Description.Informative eco-themed picturebooks…
1) provide a natural stepping stone for student teachers to recognise possible cross-curricular links to subjects such as geography, science and biology thus supporting a CLIL approach;
2) offer the possibility to integrate aspects of intercultural citizenship education when discovering our planet;
3) encourage student teachers to think beyond the classroom by creating, for example, small school-based ‘green’- initiatives;
4) deliver factual information in a creative bite-size format thus stimulating student teachers to rethink how to share such information;
5) inspire student teachers and children to interpret information and connect it to their context and experiences.
How have you used eco-themed picturebooks with your student teachers and/or children? Let us know – thanks Tatia Gruenbaum