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Before youngsters use items from the recycle bin to create unique repurposed sculptures, they should analyze some art. Here, they learn about Francis Nnaggenda, an assemblage artist from Uganda. They analyze one of his sculptures, discuss recycling, and then create lovely art from recycled materials.
Make snakes with your class to demonstrate how recycled materials are perfect for art. Learners use colorful plastic cups, pantyhose, paper fasteners, and fishing line to make articulated snakes. This project would be great when learning about reptiles or assemblage art.
Construction projects of any kind require learners to use spacial reasoning, creative thinking, and critical analysis skills. They design and make a twig/leaf structure out of natural and recycled materials. This project would be great after reading about basic engineering or ancient dwellings.
Does your class know about nature's recyclers? The class is introduced to three types of composting, how it works, and why it is good for the environment. They will go outside in search of five items: a dead tree or log, a live tree, a live leaf, a dead leaf, and a mushroom. They'll make careful observations as to the types of earth and insects found near each item. Additionally, they take samples of earth and leaves which they will use in a class experiment. Pupils also construct a Berlese funnel to see exactly who is helping nature complete her composting. The activity is amazing and totally worth checking out!
First, young chemists practice polymer identification by density and flame tests. With the data collected, they propose a method of separating polyethylene from other plastics and determine what property makes it desirable for recycling. This laboratory activity is ideal when covering polymers in your general chemistry class.
Sixth graders keep track of the amount of paper they consume on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The goal of the lesson is to have them all find ways to reduce the amount they use. Everyone creates recycled paper from old newspapers and school flyers. As an extension, this paper source can also be recycled into greeting cards and wrapping paper. A valuable lesson that is worth the time you spend on it.
High schoolers investigate Japanese legislation. In the recycling laws lesson, students discuss Japanese laws that require people to pay a recycling fee for large appliances. High schoolers discuss how this effects consumers, the government, and supply and demand. Students brainstorm ideas on how to reduce the waste.
Here are four excellent lessons which have learners of many ages investigate data on recyclable materials, and develop plans to help the environment. Each of the activities is designed for a specific age group. Not only are these excellent math lessons, they also deal with an important environmental topic: recycling and the conservation of our natural resources. Four terrific plans!
Teach not only reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, but also today's three Rs as well: reduce, reuse, and recycle! The reasons and ways we can be Earth-friendly are presented with images, text, and video to keep the attention of all types of learners!
Take the time to teach learners with moderate disabilities how to identify recyclable materials. They learn how to recycle as a mode of social responsibility and community involvement. They practice identifying and sorting recyclable materials, then go to the park and put practice to work. Tip: I've made extra money with my special ed class by taking items to the local recycle center.