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Are you looking for ways to enhance a persuasive writing or speech unit? Use this instructional activity to prompt your young writers to investigate a school recycling program. After conducting research, they present a persuasive, well-organized speech promoting the establishment of a recycling program, focusing on the organization of their argument and the use of transitional phrases.
Apply the concept of unit conversion to how much trash is recycled in the United States. Pupils are given the amount of aluminum, glass, and paper products recycled daily, they convert the daily amount of recyclables into weekly, monthly, yearly, hourly, per minute, and per second amounts. Great real-world application of ratios and rates.
Why is it important to recycle? Explore the role of recycling in your community. For this recycling lesson, kids examine recycling habits as they conduct surveys and gather data from their school. They use the data to fuel a campaign of increasing recycling efforts in their homes and community as they write persuasive pieces and create refrigerator signs.
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.
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.