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Planting the Trees of Kenya
The Reading Corner, a Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs project, engages children with active storytelling. Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire Nivola tells the story of activist and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Maathai sees the natural environment in her home country deteriorate over time. She goes on to teach the people of her village about protecting the environment and organizes tree planting to directly help the community. At the end of the story the reader asks comprehension questions for the students to think about. This story connects to the lessons in the curriculum under https://www.mpalalive.org/classroom, about the environment and the human-wildlife connection. Specifically, Planting the Trees of Kenya connects to Unit 1 Lesson 3: Habitats and Communities, Unit 1:Lesson 3: Extended Activity: 4: Habitats of Kenya, and Unit 1: Lesson 4: Extension 1: Indigenous Knowledge. Maathai is a role model for seeing a problem and working to fix it so this would be a great story to read at a tree planting activity.