Recycling Teacher Resources
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New Review Recycling
Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling activity. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and reusing common materials.
Pre-K - K Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Recycling
Engage students in developing an environmentally friendly school with this upper-elementary conservation lesson. After an introductory discussion about recycling, children practice sorting common classroom items based on whether they can be recycled, reused, or must be thrown away, before creating illustrations for labeling school recycling and trash containers.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Recycling
Knowing what can be recycled or reused and what has to be thrown away is difficult for children. This conservation lesson teaches young learners to distinguish between different kinds of waste by first sorting through used classroom materials before creating illustrations for the classroom recycling, reusing, and trash containers.
K - 2nd Science CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Paper Recycling
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.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
Explore different types of recyclable materials in the second lesson 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.
1st - 2nd Science CCSS: Adaptable
Using Recycled Materials
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.
6th - 8th Science
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Teach children that just because something is old, doesn't mean you have to throw it away with a reading of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. Engaging children with an arts and crafts activity in which they patch the holes in pieces of clothing, the class goes on to use the clothes to act out a reading of this award-winning story.
Pre-K - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Sorting Through Personal Choices
Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science lesson. 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.
2nd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
What You Can Recycle
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.
3rd - 5th Science
Where Trash Goes
Raise environmental awareness with the first lesson of this series on waste management. Read a short story about a fifth grader's trip to a landfill and introduce the concepts reduce, reduce, recycle, and compost. Follow up with a discussion about different ways young conservationists can reduce waste in the lunches they bring from home.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Closing the Loop: A Game about Trash
Dice and playing cards are used to play a "resourceful" board game! Correct answers to questions on the cards get garbage to be reused, recycled, or composted, while incorrect answers get garbage sent to the landfill. Landfill points are negative, while the others all earn positive scores.
4th - 8th Science
Managing Solid Waste
When Earth Day rolls around, a lot of kids ask why recycling is so important. Middle schoolers find out their own answers by examining 10 ordinary household items, working in a group to estimate how long it would take for each to break down in a landfill, then comparing their estimates to the actual decomposition time.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Know Your 3Rs!
Turn young learners into conservationists with the first instructional activity of this series on waste management. Use the included pictures and definitions to teach the key vocabulary reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Search magazines, newspapers, and the Internet for images to include on a class bulletin board to reinforce these concepts.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Biodiesel: The Afterlife of Oil
Use this slick video to introduce your environmental scientists to the wonders of biodiesel. They will learn about problems caused by our waste oil, how it can be recycled, and other benefits of using biofuels. Use the video, assessment questions, and additional resources as is, or sign up with the publisher to customize it for your learners.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Pre-School Composting and Recycling!
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.
Environmental Benefits of Recycling
Fourth graders understand the benefits of recycling. In this recycling literacy lesson, 4th graders read an article and identify the main idea. Students understand the process of transfer to the landfill and discuss how recycling helps the environment.
To Recycle, or Not Recycle?
To recycle or not to recycle, that is the question. Your class can find the answer by taking a teacher created WebQuest, where they assume a role of a community member taking a stand on implementing a community wide recycling plan. The project culminates in a group created website that shares the class' ideas and beliefs regarding conservation and recycling.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Sorting Plastics For Recycling
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.
9th - 12th Science