Soap, water, sandwiches, smoke?
Where do they come from?
And where do they go?
Join us on a journey of discovery as we explore the story of everyday things on Earth. Stories full of adventure, relationships, change and surprises. Stories with a past, a present and a future. The more we can learn about these stories the better we understand ourselves and the world around us.
Come and see how ‘things’ move and change and find out if they really do go away?
The simple, engaging text introduces children to the scientific concept of matter cycles on Earth and the foundation of a scientific mind – curiosity. The beautiful and fun illustrations are packed with clues and the parent/teacher notes provide avenues to continue the exploration and develop a habit of mind for life cycle and living systems thinking.
There is No Such Place as Away is aimed at children from the age of 5-8. The leading characters are depicted through the illustrations and the rhymes trace their investigations into the changes and movement of common substances. When using it in our program Foodweb Education ecoliteracy educators have found that the rhythm, rhyme and predictability of the dialogue has appeal for Grades 1-4 and establishes very simply and quickly a habit of mind for investigating connections and cycles.
The audience is initially introduced to the natural movement and changes of substances they are familiar with (eg. water) into states or places they are familiar with eg. Water cycle. The story then moves into human-made objects with the suggestion of individual involvement in these processes. Eventually an element of personal responsibility is introduced.
Our students love the familiarity of the objects introduced and the play on words with ‘Away’. We have found it gives them confidence to engage in further inquiry into basic chemistry and other curriculum and important topics around sustainability like pollution and recycling and personal responsibility. Our approach is very much about empowerment through knowledge and experience and nurtures a sense of personal responsibility through awareness and curiosity rather than using guilt.
The message of the story is inherently challenging and requires a different way of approaching material ‘things’ and human behaviour. It is delivered in a personalised, fun way that aims to encourage curiosity, with a lot of scope for further investigation into the life cycle of human made products as well Earth’s bio-geochemical cycles.
Paperback, 16 pages, full-colour illustrations throughout.