Recycling Teacher Resources
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Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Scientists define and discuss decomposition, and watch pumpkins decompose and return to soil in classroom experiment. They record the date the experiment began, chart changes in pumpkins on a calendar, count how many days it takes pumpkins to decompose, and interpret results of experiment in small groups.
K - 6th Science
Voyages in a Bottle
Learners uncover the method for easily building a ship in a bottle. Then they fabricate a 3-D model of the ship(s) used on an exploratory sailing voyage and display it in a plastic bottle. Students also draw a map of the world their explorers believed in, in the style of the time period, and compare it to a new map.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Carbon Clean Up Obstacle Course
Using hula hoops, bean bags, volleyballs, and boxes, little ones cooperate to simulate a reduction of carbon emissions. There are three different obstacles to compete in, making this a fun team challenge. In addition to carbon clean up, it also could be used to demonstrate a variety of topics such as recycling plastics.
4th - 7th Science
Proud to Recycle Worksheet
In this recycling worksheet, students put a check mark next to the items from a list that are recycled in their local area. They determine which items are curbside recyclables and which are drop-off items. They examine pictures of recycling comic characters to determine what they are made of.
4th - 6th Science
How many people really recycle recyclables and how do they feel about it? High schoolers create a survey to find out. Once they agree on what questions to include, they each interview four people outside of the classroom. They combine data with their classmates' to evaluate community practices.
6th - 9th Science
Here is a quick activity intended to get little learners ready to conserve. They classify trash for recycling by placing items in the categories reduce, recycle and reuse. In teams the sort real life trash items into the best conservation category and explain why they chose each category for each item.
Recycling/Solid Waste Education with Shel Silverstein: "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout"
Both poetry analysis and waste disposal are more engaging topics for young readers with a learning exercise to accompany the Shel Silverstein poem 'Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out" from Where the Sidewalk Ends. Not only does the resource explore the issue of trash and what is compostable or recyclable, it incorporates comprehension, analysis, and vocabulary building related to the poem.
4th English Language Arts
Mixed Media Messages: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Students examine the process of recycling by creating a mock television commercial about recycling. In this recycling lesson, students watch an animated demonstration about recycling and answer content questions. Students play an online recycling game quiz and draw recycling symbols.
3rd - 4th Science
Organic and Inorganic Recycling
Students examine their role in polluting the environment and discuss the importance of recycling. In groups, they place earthworms into compost piles to observe why they are considered natural recyclers. They also practice sorting a pile of materials into recycleable and non-recyclable objects.
5th - 8th Science
Recycling Lesson Plan
Students examine the role of choice in a democracy, the choice to participate and not to participate. They take a position on the role of recycling and whether in a democracy people can be forced to recycle. They break into for and against groups, build an argument and debate the conclusion.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
Recycling Concentration & Go Fish
Students play a game based on concentration or memory to place recyclable items into one of 4 groups. In this recycling instructional activity, students work in groups of 1-4 to place cards with pictures of various items into a Composting, Recycling, Hazmat, or Thrift Store category.
2nd - 5th Science
What is a Recyclable?
Students explore recycling and how it benefits our environment. In this recycling lesson, students learn to determine if an item is recyclable and sort it into 7 various categories. Students discover how aluminum, glass, plastic, cardboard, metal, and paper are reused to create new things.
3rd - 5th Science