RECOMMENDED RESOURCE MATERIALS
Compiled by Mary S. Allen, SWANCC, June 2010
This is a selection of books, media and curriculum guides that have an environmental focus. For more selections, visit www.amazon.com or visit your local library.
BOOKS - Elementary/Middle level unless specified
Waste Reduction/Solid Waste Technologies
Earth Friends at…, by Francine Galko:
Home – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
School – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Play – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Grocery Store – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
How Paper is Made, by Meish Goldish
Materials and Their Uses, by David Byrne (Rigby)
Recycle It!, by Brenda Parkes (Grolier)
Recycle That!, by Fay Robinson (Groiler)
Recycling, by Rhonda Lucas Donald
Seeing Earth from Space, by Patricia Lauber
Waste Disposal, by Sally Morgan (Grolier)
What Happens When You Recycle?, by Katie Sharp (Rigby)
Where Does All the Garbage Go?, by Melvin Berger (Grolier)
Where Does the Garbage Go?, by Paul Showers
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, by Alison Inches, (early elementary)
Can Kids Save the Earth? by Melvin Berger (Grolier)
Earl the Earthworm, by Tim Magner (Green Sugar Press)
Earth Book for Kids, by Linda Schwartz
Earth Day, by David F. Marx (Grolier)
Ecology for Every Kid, by Janice VanCleave
An Environmental Guide from A to Z, by Tim Magner
Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, by Earthworks Group (6 to 12)
Global Resources, by Peggy Parks
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning, Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn
I Can Save the Earth, by Alison Inches (early elementary)
Judy Moody Saves the World!, by Megan McDonald
Just A Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg
Kids for the Earth, by Melvin Berger (Grolier)
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
Low Carbon Diet – A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds, by David Gershon
N is for Nature, by Tim Magner (Green Sugar Press)
Our Earth, by Lisa Trumbauer (Grolier)
Our Environment – Global Warming, by Peggy Parks
Our Environment – Recycling, by Eleanor Hall
Our Environment – Energy, by Bonnie Juettner
Our Environment – Oil Spills, by Peggy Parks
Taking Care of Our Trees, by Meish Goldish
Teaching About Climate Change: Cool School Tackle Global Warming, Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn
The Day the Trash Came Out to Play, by David M. Beadle (ages 3 to 8)
The Next Step: Fifty More Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, by The Earthworks Group (6 to 12)
To the Young Environmentalist, by Linda Leuzzi (Grolier) (6 to 12)
Volunteering to Help the Environment, by Suzanne J. Murdico (Grolier) (6 to 12)
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein
Wump World, by Bill Peet
Activities – Arts and Crafts – for all ages
ArtScope, by Larry Crost, ATR /MFA
The Best of Making Things, by Ann Sayre Wiseman
Dig Your Hands in the Dirt, by Kiko Denzer
Earth-Friendly Holidays, by George Pfiffner
Fun with Recycling – 50 Great Things for Kids to Make from Junk, by Marion Elliot
Good Earth Art, by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Cindy Gainer
Handcrafted Journals, Albums, Scrapbooks & More, by Marie Browning
Imagination Factory’s CD, by Marilyn Brackney
Kid Concoctions and Contraptions, by John E. and Danita Thomas (The Kid Concoctions Company)
The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions, by John E. and Danita Thomas (The Kid Concoctions Company)
The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions 2, by John E. and Danita Thomas (The Kid Concoctions Company)
Landfill Lunch Box, by Karen Riley
Making Cool Crafts & Awesome Art, by Roberta Gould
Paper by Kids, by Arnold E. Grummer
Ready Made - How to Make (Almost) Everything, by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne
Recycled Crafts Box, by Laura C. Martin (all ages)
Trash to Treasure, by Leisure Arts, Inc.
Books About Vermi-Composting (worms)
Charles Darwin’s, The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Actions of Worms
Compost By Gosh!, by Michelle Eva Portman (Flower Press)
Compost Critters, by Briana Laview
Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin
Dirty Jobs: Worm Dung Farmer, by Discovery Channel
Earthworm Feed and Feeding : A Research Report Giving New Methods Of Using Old and New Materials,by Charlie Morgan
Earthworms, by Robert C Knott, Kimi Hosoume, Lincoln Bergman
Earthworms,by Keith Pigdon and Marilyn Woolley
Earthworms for Ecology and Profit: Volume 1, Scientific Earthworm Farming,by Ronald E. Gaddie, Sr. and Donald E. Douglas
Harnessing the Earthworm, by Thomas J. Barrett
How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell
In Their Own Words: Interviews With Vermiculture Experts, edited by Peter Bogdanov
Manual of Therapeutic Medications and Pesticides for Worm Growers,by Charlie Morgan
Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: A Guide to Vermicomposting, by Larraine Roulston
Recycle With Earthworms: The Red Wiggler Connection, by Shelley C. Grossman and Toby Weitzel
Squirmy Wormy Composters, by Janine Schaub and Bobbie Kalman
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardner’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
The Earth Moved, by Amy Stewart
The Farmer’s Earthworm Handbook, by David Ernst
The Wonderful World of Wigglers, by Julia Hand and Carolyn Peduzzi
The Worm Book, by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor
Vermillennium Abstracts, published by Flowerfield Enterprises
Wonderful Worms, by Linda Glaser
Worms Are a Class Act, by Cori Kyle. Can-O-Worms workbook for younger students
Wormology, by Michael Ross
Books – Adult Level
American Alchemy – The History of Solid Waste Management in the United States, by H. Lanier Hickman Jr.
A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle
Backyard Composting, by Harmonious Technologies
Big Green Purse, by Diane MacEachern
The Better World, by Ellis Jones
Choose to Reuse, by Nikki and David Goldbeck
Clean and Green, by Annie Berthold-Bond
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living, by Trish Riley
Confessions of an Eco-sinner, by Fred Pearce
Conscious Style Home: Eco-Friendly Living for the 21st Century, by Danny Seo
Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
The Earth Moved: The remarkable achievements of Earthworms, by Amy Stewart
Ecological Literacy – Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World, by Stone and Barlow eds.
Energy Use Less - Save More, by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert
Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, The Complete Guide To, by The Environmental Careers Organization
The Everything Green Living Book, by Diane Gow McDilda
Fifty-Seven Ways to Protect Your Home Environment (and Yourself), by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Go Green, How to Build an Earth-Friendly Community, by Nancy H. Taylor
Go Green, Live Rich, by David Bach
Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano
Green Chic, by Christie Matheson
Green Greener Greenest, by Lori Bongiorno
Green Guide, by National Geographic
Green Living, A Practical Guide to Eating, Gardening, Energy *Greening Your Office, by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert
Saving and Housekeeping for a Healthy Planet, by Sarah Callard and Diane Millis
Green Living, The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth, by the Editors of The Environmental Magazine
Green Living for Dummies, by Yvonne Jeffery, Liz Barclay and Michael Grosvenor
Green Up Your Cleanup, by Jill Potvin Schoff
It’s Easy Being Green, by Crissy Trask
Books – Adult Level, Continued
Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv
The Lazy Environmentalist, Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living, by Josh Dorfman
The Lost Gospel of the Earth – A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit and Politics, by Tom Hayden
Living Green, A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability, by Greg Horn
Patchwork: Stories of Gardens and Community, by Friends of Burlington Gardens
Reduce, Reuse Recycle by Nicky Scott
Rubbish, by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy
Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet, by Eric Sorensen
Shopping With a Concience, by Duncan Clark and Richie Unterberger
Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard
Stuff, by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning
Teaching Green: The High School Years, Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn
There’s A Hair In My Dirt!, by Gary Larson
Use Less Stuff, by William Rathje and Robert Lilienfield
Wake Up and Smell the Planet, by Grist
Waste and Want – A Social History of Trash, by Susan Strasser
What Can I Do? – An Alphabet for Living, by Lisa Harrow
Bill Nye the Science Guy on “Garbage”, (VHS/DVD 26 mins – grades 3 to 6 - Disney Productions)
Bill contrasts how much garbage each person makes each day vs nature. He highlights ways to take care of our environment and make less waste.
Busy, Busy Planet, (VHS 11 mins – grades 3 to 8 - American Plastics Council)
This video takes a look at plastics manufacturing, packaging made for goods, how recycled materials are made into new products, and the ways we benefit from these technologies.
Buy Recycled, (VHS 15 mins – all ages - Solid Waste Agency of N. Cook Co.)
This video focuses on how consumer-purchasing choices impact the waste stream and encourages consumers to buy recycled-content products whenever possible.
The Car, (VHS 10 mins – grades 6 to adult - Bullfrog Films)
Thanks to the ingenuity of people in the scrap metal business, automobiles are the most well recycled of all common industrial products. See the process from start to finish.
Compost – Truth or Consequences, (VHS - 15 mins – Cornell University Waste Management Inst.)
Composting for Busy People, (VHS - 17 mins – Video Project)
“Real” people show you how to use organic food scraps and landscape waste to make a nutrient-rich soil amendment, known as compost. The people discuss the benefits of composting and give great tips on managing a backyard compost pile.
The Cost of Cool, (VHS 26 mins – grades 6 to 12 - The Video Project)
Teens are buying more “stuff” than ever before, and the effects of accelerated levels of consumption are at the very root of many of the environmental challenges we face today.
Environmental Ethics, Examining Your Connection to the Environment and Your Community, (62-minutes, VHS or DVD with educator guide and student workbook, recommended for high school and above), Profiles a diverse group of courageous Goldman Environmental Prize winners who have made it their duty to protect their local environments.
Garbage - Modern Marvels, (VHS 50 mins – grades 6+ - A&E - The History Channel)
From landfills to recycling, incineration to dumping, this program will make you look at taking out the trash in a whole new light - takes you from the beginning of sanitation methods to current technologies used.
Garbage Into Gold – New Concepts in Recycling, (VHS 25 mins – grades 6 to adult - Video Project)
This video highlights entrepreneurs that find a way to use “garbage” and turn it into a profit. Full of innovative recycling concepts.
Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, (76 minutes, DVD, recommended for 4th grade and above)
A feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time.
Human Footprint, (DVD 90 mins – all ages - National Geographic)
Have you ever thought about how much food,e veryday products, and fuel you’ve consumed durint hte course of your life? In National Geographic’s new program you’ll find out that it’s a lot. From our cars to our clothes dryers to our disposable toothbrushes, our impact on planet Earth is astonishing.
Junkyard – Modern Marvels, (VHS 50 mins – grades 6+ - A & E - The History Channel)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It is the place where machines come to die. But for some, it is also a treasure trove of possibilities – it is the junkyard! See how reuse and recycling not only give old parts new life, but how it can be profitable as well.
The Lorax, (VHS 30 mins - early elem. – by Dr. Seuss – Fox Video 1971)
An animated story about the need to respect and preserve trees.
Mama Earth – Her Destiny – Our Hands, (21 minutes, DVD, recommended 7th grade and above)
With humor and compassion, this film is an inspiring road map of successful ways to achieve sustainability through reinventing old methods and finding new paths to healthy communities, protecting natural resources and attaining a more profitable bottom line.
On the Edge – A Wake Up Call, (VHS 50 mins – grades 9 to adult – Video Project)
World leaders come together to identify problems that will effect future generations. Done as a documentary, topics discussed include impacts of our teeming human population coupled with soaring levels of consumption upon Earth’s dwindling natural resources.
Recyclery, (VHS 30 mins – elementary – BFI) (Early Elementary)
Visit BFI’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to learn how recyclables are handled and what happens once they are reprocessed.
Recycling…It’s Everybody’s Job, (VHS 20 mins – grades 3 to 8 - National Geographic)
Garbage: Where does it all go? Most of it is landfilled. This film explains and explores way to reduce waste and increase recycling. Good classroom waste audit activity.
Single-Stream Recycling, (VHS 12 mins – Groot Industries - all ages)
What happens to the materials we recycle once they get picked up from our home? This video shows a materials recover facility and its state-of-the-art sorting systems.
The Story of Stuff, with Annie Leonard (DVD 20 mins – grades 6 to adult - Free Range Studios)
Takes viewers on an eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture from resource extraction to iPod incineration.Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal. www.storyofstuff.com
Also by Free Range Studios with Annie Leonard, The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Cap and Trade and The Story of Electronics
This Isn’t Garbage: The Waste Audit, (VHS 10 mins – for grades 5 to 12 - McGill University)
What is in our garbage? A group of college students show how to conduct a large scale waste audit.
The Next Industrial Revolution, (VHS 55 mins – grades 9 to adult - Bullfrog Films)
This film explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability. Learn how Nike, Ford Motor Company and Herman Miller Furniture, to mention a few, incorporated a “sustainable” philosophy in designing new products.
Trashed, (DVD 77 mins – grades 9 to adult - OXI productions, LLC)
The film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model.
What Would Jesus Buy?, (DVD 91 mins – grades 9 to adult - Palisades Pictures)
Follow Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!
Worm Farming – Vermiculture: The Natural Way, (DVD 60 mins – adult - Growing Power Inc. Prod., 2003)
This is a training video to assist groups in setting up a large-scale vermiculture system.
Wormania: - Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope, (VHS - 31 mins – Flower Press)
Yes I Can, (VHS 15 mins – grades K-3 - Steel Recycling Institute)
An animated and entertaining story that presents the basic concepts of recycling, what common materials can be recycled and why recycling is important.
CURRICULUM RESOURCES & GUIDES
Air to Earth (Nike) – display box of “Nike Grind” court surfaces and program video (Nike and North American Association for Environmental Education)
An Ounce of Prevention – A Middle Level Science Curriculum on Source Reduction, (National Science Teachers Association and the Dow Chemical Company, 1996)
Closing the Loop: Exploring Integrated Waste Management & Resource Conservationhands – on lessons and activities from grades K-6 (California Integrated Waste Management Board)
“Compost…because a rind is a terrible thing to waste!” –
30-minute video with activity manual
(Cornell Waste Management Institute, 1996)
Connecting Service-Learning to the Curriculum: A Workbook for Teachers and Administrators
(Community Works Press, 2005)
Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens are Restoring Our Great American Cities
Middle School through Adult
Illinois Sustainable Education Project – www.istep.org
This publication is a series of PBS broadcasts that tells the story of inspired individual citizens in cities across the country, including Chicago, who are improving their quality of life and public health through the restoration of urban ecosystems. Related curriculum at www.edenslostandfound.org. (57-minute DVD also available for loan)
Environmental Pathways – Youth Investigating Pollution
Issues in Illinois – for grades 5 & 6
(Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 2001)
Global Issues & Sustainable Solutions: Population, Poverty, Consumption, Conflict, and the Environment - Teacher Guide (Facing the Future: People & the Planet, 2004) www.facingthefuture.org
Green Chemistry, curriculum and video to educate students on the skills and knowledge to practice chemistry in ways that are benign to human health and the environment. Developed through a cooperative effort of the American Chemical Society’s Education and International Activities Division and the Green Chemistry Program, and Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
iPET Recycling Tool Kit – a step-by-step guide for collecting #1 PET pop bottle and individual-sized plastic bottles on a large scale (National Association for PET Container Resources), www.napcor.com
It’s All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions Student Textbook
(Facing the Future: People & the Planet, 2005)
The Quest for Less – Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), www.epa.gov
Recycle: The Essential Guide, (Black Dog Publishing, 2006)
School Recycling Guide – Setting up Solid Waste Recycling Programs in Schools (Keep America Beautiful, Inc., 2002), www.kab.org
Soil Biology Primer -An introduction to the living component of soil and how that component contributes to agricultural productivity and to air and water quality.
(Soil and Water Conservation Society, 2000)
Teaching Green – The Elementary Years – Hands-On Learning K-5, by Green Teacher, New Society Publishing, www.eNASCO.com
Teaching Green – The Middle Years – Hands-On Learning 6-8, by Green Teacher, New Society Publishing
Understanding Garbage and Our Environment for grades 5 – 8, (National Science Foundation, 1999)
Teaching Global Sustainability in the Primary Grades, K-4
(Facing the Future, 2007), www.facingthefuture.org
Vital Results Through Service-Learning: Linking Students and Community in Vermont Schools
(Community Works Press, 2002)
The Worm Café – classroom vermi-composting
(Flower Press, 1999), www.wormwoman.com
Worms Eat My Garbage – composting with worms
(Flower Press, 1982/1997), www.wormwoman.com
Worms Eat Our Garbage – classroom vermi-composting activities (Flower Press, 1993)
BioCycle – Journal of Composting & Recycling
Resource Recycling – North America’s Recycling and Composting Journal
Green at Work (800) 833-9056
Waste Age – The Authoritative Voice of Waste Systems and Technology
Waste News – BiMonthly Reporting on Solid Waste Management