Common Ground

Molly Bang uses a simple parable about sheep and the commons they graze on to reveal a disturbing paradox about our relationship with the environment that sustains us. Here is a book that invites discussion.

Author: Molly Bang

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0590100564

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely.
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Common Ground

Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely.

Author: Molly Bang

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ISBN: 0590100572

Category: Environmental protection

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Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely.
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Age of Inference

Commentary on Common Ground Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share by Molly Bang (1997) gives credit for the inspiration for the book to Garrett Hardin's (1968) seminal paper, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” published in ...

Author: Philip C. Short

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781648027994

Category: Education

Page: 487

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In an age where we are inundated with information, the ability to discern verifiable information to make proper decisions and solve problems is ever more critical. Modern science, which espouses a systematic approach to making “inferences,” requires a certain mindset that allows for a degree of comfort with uncertainty. This book offers inspirations and ideas for cultivating the proper mindset for the studying, teaching, and practicing of science that will be useful for those new to as well as familiar with the field. Although a paradigm shift from traditional instruction is suggested in the National Framework for K-12 science, this volume is intended to help educators develop a personal mental framework in which to transition from a teacher-centered, didactical approach to a student-centered, evidence-guided curriculum. While the topics of the book derive from currently published literature on STEM education as they relate to the National Framework for K-12 Science and the Three-Dimensional science instruction embedded in the Next Generation Science Standards, this book also examines these topics in the context of a new societal age posited as the “Age of Inference” and addresses how to make sense of the ever-increasing deluge of information that we are experiencing by having a scientific and properly discerning mindset. ENDORSEMENTS: "This volume takes on one of the thorniest existential problems of our time, the contradiction between the exponentially growing amount of information that individuals have access to, and the diminished capacity of those individuals to understand it. Its chapters provide the reader with an introduction to the relationship between knowledge, science, and inference; needed new approaches to learning science in our new data rich world; and a discussion of what we can and must do to reduce or eliminate the growing gap between the inference have’s and have nots. It is not too much to say that how we resolve the issues outlined in this volume will determine the future of our species on this planet." — Joseph L. Graves Jr., Professor of Biological Sciences North Carolina A&T State University, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science: Biological Sciences, Author of: The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium "Big data is not enough for addressing dangers to the environment or tackling threats to democracy; we need the ability to draw sound inferences from the data. Cultivating a scientific mindset requires fundamental changes to the way we teach and learn. This important and well -written volume shows how." — Ashok Goel, Professor of Computer Science and Human Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. Editor of AI Magazine Founding Editor of AAAI’s Interactive AI Magazine "If you are a science teacher concerned about the implications of information overload, analysis paralysis, and intellectual complacency on our health, economic future, and democracy, then I recommend this book." — Michael Svec, Professor for Physics and Astronomy Education, Furman University, Fulbright Scholar to Czech Republic
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Tiger s Fall

Award-winning author/illustrator Molly Bang brings emotional honesty and bravery to this compelling, fact-based story of coming to terms with disability.

Author: Molly Bang

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 9781250112187

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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A feisty little girl learns that physical disability can't limit her ability to make a difference. Lupe loves nothing better than riding her father's horse, El Diablo. Fearless and agile, she rampages around her rural village in Mexico like a tigrilla (little tiger), which is her father's nickname for her. But one day Lupe falls while climbing a tree. Paralyzed from the waist down, she will never again be able to ride El Diablo. Her life might as well be over, she thinks. At first Lupe is filled with rage and self-pity. Her family brings her to a center run by and for disabled people, to recuperate. Despite the evidence around her, she refuses to believe that disabled people can be happy and self-sufficient, and she can't believe that these people think their lives are worth living. But slowly the people and the spirit of the center help Lupe realize that she, too, has something to offer. Award-winning author/illustrator Molly Bang brings emotional honesty and bravery to this compelling, fact-based story of coming to terms with disability.
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Social Studies Literacy and Social Justice in the Common Core Classroom

After Kendra lists her students' answers on the board, she transitions to a readaloud, Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share (Bang, 1997). While she is reading the book, she pauses to ask students questions about how we ...

Author: Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807771587

Category: Education

Page: 151

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Inspired by the author’s research and work with preservice and beginning teachers, this book presents a unique framework to help educators (grades 3–8) embed their efforts to teach social studies for social justice within the context of literacy. It is a resource for using primary and other sources to offer students new ways of thinking about history while meeting Language Arts Common Core Standards demands for information text and critical thinking. Grounded in the daily realities of today’s public schools, the framework offers a way of planning that takes into account teaching factors that include pressures for content coverage, preparing students for high-stakes tests, and the low importance placed by many districts on including social studies in the curriculum. Each chapter explains how teachers can restructure, reshape, and work with mandated curriculum materials to teach from a critical perspective. The book also discusses how to meet Common Core Standards by teaching language arts and social studies as complementary subjects. Book Features: Sample lessons. Text boxes indicating connections to Common Core Standards. Reflection exercises that help further extend concepts and understandings into classroom practice. Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnathis an adjunct professor in Elementary Education at San Francisco State University, and vice president of the National Association of Multicultural Education, California Chapter (NAME-CA). As an educational consultant she works with schools to develop and enrich their mission of teaching toward equity and social justice. “If you are a teacher, or preparing to become a teacher, this is a book you will want to keep so that you can refer back to it again and again. If you are a teacher educator, this is a book that will help you connect demands on teachers today with a compelling vision of academically rich, student-centered, social justice teaching. In either case, you are in for a treat.” —From the Foreword byChristine Sleeter, professor emeritus, California State University Monterey Bay “This is an important contribution for pre-service teachers and those in districts who are willing to think deeply about how to build content knowledge in an integrated fashion by combining social studies and language arts. Much more attention to social studies from the perspective of social justice is needed!” —Donna Ogle, professor emeritus, National-Louis University
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Powerful Understanding

Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share (P, I) Bernardo, Susan Schaefer The Big Adventures of Tiny House (P, I) Brown, Peter. The Curious Garden (P, I) Carnavas, Peter. Last Tree in the City (P) Castaldo, Nancy F. The Story of ...

Author: Adrienne Gear

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 9781551389295

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Powerful Understanding explores effective ways to build social-emotional skills and help students make connections, question what they read, and reflect on their learning as they develop into stronger readers and learners. Lessons based in both strategic and critical thinking revolve around core anchor books that help integrate inquiry into everything you teach — from social responsibility, to immigration, to life cycles. This highly readable book includes a wealth of classroom examples and extensive hands-on activities designed to help students to think more deeply, learn more widely, and develop a more powerful understanding of what it means to be a responsible and compassionate person.
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Every Book Is a Social Studies Book How to Meet Standards with Picture Books K 6

(A beautiful fish ultimately shares his prized possessions.) How can one balance individual ... How can different people find common ground? Stover, J. A. If Everybody Did. ... Bang, M. Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share.

Author: Jeannette Balantic

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598845211

Category: Education

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This text offers a teacher and student-friendly collection of lessons and activities that help educators use picture books to engage younger students in meaningful social studies activities and bring this critical subject back in elementary schools. • Includes excerpts of primary source materials for student activities • Contains various photographs, illustrations, charts, and graphs throughout the text • Extensive annotated bibliography of picture books for each chapter that includes a discussion question for each book • Appendixes include invaluable planning templates, reproducible handouts, and other teacher resources
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Using Paired Text to Meet the Common Core

I see animals hiding. New York: Scholastic. Aston, D. H. (2006). ... The birth of the earth. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. ... Common ground: The water, earth, and air we share. New York: Blue Sky Press. Bang, M. (2004). My light.

Author: William Bintz

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462518982

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Teaching students to make connections across related texts promotes engagement and improves reading comprehension and content learning. This practical guide explains how to select and teach a wide range of picture books as paired text--two books related by topic, theme, or genre--in grades K-8. The author provides mini-lessons across the content areas, along with hundreds of recommendations for paired text, each linked to specific Common Core standards for reading literature and informational texts. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 22 reproducible graphic organizers and other useful tools. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
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Children s Literature in the Classroom

Common ground: The water, earth, and air we share. New York: Blue Sky Press. Bang, M. (1999). When Sophie gets angry— Really, really angry. New York: Scholastic. Bang, M. (2002). Dawn. New York: SeaStar Books. Bang, M. (2004). My light.

Author: Diane M. Barone

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781606239407

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Many reading programs today overlook an essential component of literacy instruction—helping children develop an enduring love of reading. This authoritative and accessible guide provides a wealth of ideas for incorporating high-quality children's books of all kinds into K–6 classrooms. Numerous practical strategies are presented for engaging students with picturebooks, fiction, nonfiction, and nontraditional texts. Lively descriptions of recommended books and activities are interspersed with invaluable tips for fitting authentic reading experiences into the busy school day. Every chapter concludes with reflection questions and suggestions for further reading. The volume also features reproducible worksheets and forms.
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Teaching Kids to Care Cooperate

Common Ground : The Water , Earth , and Air We Share by Molly Bang ( Scholastic , 1997 ) . Here is a point of reference about modern environmental problems facing the world . Earth Day by Linda Lowery ( Carolrhoda Books , 1991 ) .

Author: Kathy Pike

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0439098491

Category: Education

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J.L. Gili’s selection of Lorca’s poems in Spanish, with his own unassuming prose versions as guides to the originals, first appeared in 1960. With its excellent introduction and selection it remains a perfect introductory guide to the great poet. The book is ideal for newcomers to Lorca who know, or are prepared to grapple with, a little Spanish. It influenced a generation of readers and poets, including Ted Hughes who first encountered Lorca through this book. Spain’s most celebrated modern poet, Federico García Lorca was born in 1898 near Granada. Poet, dramatist, musician and artist, he was the author of The Gypsy Ballad Book’ (1928) and Poet in New York’ (1940). After his return from New York and Cuba to Republican Spain in 1930, he devoted himself to the theatre, writing three tragedies including Blood Wedding’ (1933). An outspoken supporter of the Republic, he was assassinated at the height of his fame by Nationalist partisans in Granada in 1936, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War.
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