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After reading about the history and recycling of paper, creative crafters collaborate to think of a new process for making recycled paper. A complete teacher's guide and student worksheets are included. There is no written procedure for the students in making the paper; it is an exercise in design and critical thinking. You will, however, need to instruct learners on how to use mesh wire and wooden blocks for drying recycled papers.
Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science instructional activity. Start by breaking the class into groups and having them collect trash from around the school or local park. Young scholars then use the provided Venn diagram to sort the items they found based on their ability to be reduced, reused, or recycled. Include this instructional activity as part your class's Earth Day celebration or as a supplement to an elementary science unit on ecosystems or the environment.
What happens to our recycling once it is hauled away? In the third of four Earth Day lessons about recycling and reducing our impact on the world's natural resources, learners explore where recycled materials go and what becomes of them. After a quick overview, kids work in pairs to research a product from its original form (natural resource) to its typical disposal. Groups are challenged with finding a way to reduce the amount of products that end up in landfills. As an extension, each child can create his own project, taking an item that would be bound for a landfill and repurposing it (e.g. making jewelry out of old CDs). 
Explore different types of recyclable materials in the second activity of this three-part series. First, discuss and brainstorm different metal, plastic, glass, and paper products that can be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. Young conservationists then make posters displaying each category to support recycling in their homes. Finally, the class develops and implements a plan for reducing trash at school. A resource to use during Earth Day that encourages children to take an active role in preserving the planet.
Go hunting for recyclables in the second lesson in this series on conservation. Using the included scavenger hunt worksheet, learners search their homes for paper, glass, metal, and plastic items that can be recycled as well as food waste that can be composted. Their findings are shared during a discussion that explores the wide variety of items that can be recycled. A fun Earth Day activity that helps children develop environmentally friendly habits.
Students can learn about protecting the environment through these recycling lesson plans.
Students participate activities related to recycling in this unit. They examine how recycling is good for the environment and how to make their ideas heard.
You can never be too young to get involved in composting or recycling. Here is a lesson that has been made for the very littlest learners and it's all about the importance of conservation. They'll sort compostable and recyclable objects, and then create a classroom composting bin. After lunch, they'll work together to get in the habit of sorting their waste into either the composting bin or recycle bin. 
Students brainstorm and share opinions about products that can be reused or recycled after reading the article, "Seattle's Recycling Success Is Being Measured in Scraps." They then investigate, analyze and evaluate articles on recycling to create an article for a newsletter.
Learners investigate the reasons for and processes of Recycling and Composting. In this environmental instructional activity, students learn to identify renewable and nonrenewable resources and then practice recycling by making recycled paper and composting organic materials. 
Students participate in activities to understand the feelings of the community about recycling.  In this recycling lesson, students look at opposing views on recycling.
In this recycling worksheet, students write a recycling plan for curbside and for drop-off recycling and complete a word search. Students write 30 answers.
Young scholars investigate Japanese legislation. In the recycling laws lesson, students discuss Japanese laws that require people to pay a recycling fee for large appliances. Young scholars discuss how this effects consumers, the government, and supply and demand. Students brainstorm ideas on how to reduce the waste.
Young scholars investigate how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and ways to biodegrade and compost items. They explore a website and complete an online Treasure Hunt, and create a poster, or a television or newspaper ad.
The other "Three Rs" are covered in this lesson: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Over four weeks, conservationists collect data about waste in their own homes. They combine their findings with those of other learners in order to analyze whole-class data. 
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.
Students investigate the recycling program in Palm Beach County. In this recycling lesson, students discuss how garbage is processed and identify the proper color-coded bins to place recyclables in.
In these recycling activity worksheets, students choose from the words to complete the paragraphs about recycling. Students then complete the math problems about recycling, and the word search puzzle about recycling.
Learners read books, learn about the letter r, and put items in different bins to learn about recycling. In this recycling lesson plan, students also shred paper and sing recycling songs.

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