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Third graders recognize what our natural resources are and their importance. For this natural resource recycling lesson, 3rd graders understand why it is important to recycle and conserve natural resources. Students can explain how recycling prevents landfills from filling up. Students participate in a recycling game and work on a recycling puzzle.
Students explore the benefits of recycling paper. In this recycling lesson, students use statistics to calculate the amount of paper that is thrown away each week and construct a graph. Students analyze the data and calculate the school's paper generation rate for the entire year.
Young scholars learn about the properties of glass. In this making and molding glass activity, students participate in an experiment where they will learn how glass is created and how it is shaped to create bottles and jars. Young scholars also examine the natural resources used to make glass and how it is recycled.
Students identify how different cultures deal with the challenge of trash. Read an excerpt from a chapter book based on real life written from the Southern Indian perspective. Describe the life of a street child in Southern India. Explain the importance of recycling and list at least 5 ways to reduce garbage.
Third graders determine how electronics negatively impact the environment. In this environmental lesson plan, 3rd graders read the article "Earth Friendly Waste Management", and identify how recycling impacts our environment. Students complete a media text project as an assessment.
Students examine the possible ways to recycle, reuse, and re-imagine products and objects in order to reduce pollution and waste on our planet. In this 100 things you can do to save the planet lesson, students take three actions to create a Green Corps Kiosk. Students then go fishing in a fish pond of recyclable items and choose an item to make something new out it, giving the item a second life.
Students collect and categorize solid waste produced in the classroom. They weigh the waste that has been collected over one week's time, and separate it into recyclable and non-recyclable waste. They talk about the role of engineers in reducing and recycling solid waste.