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Students research items that cannot be recycled. In this recycling lesson, students research contaminants that should not be recycled and propose an idea of how to deal with the item in question. Students create a presentation to share what they have learned.
Complete fashion design activities as a part of a study on protecting the environment. In this fashion and environment lesson, students discuss global environmental awareness and work in groups to list recyclable products that can be used in fashion design. Assign online research as to how the materials can be recycled and a paper for the research. Students design fashion sketches using the materials.
Pupils read a story about recycling, and then identify 3 different objects that can be recycled on a worksheet of numerous items. In this recycling lesson plan, students also write a sentence about recycling.
Young scholars describe how aluminum is recycled. They study a diagram illustrating the recycling path of an aluminum can. They answer questions regarding aluminum. They write letters to recycling firms for information on starting a recycling project.
Students play a series of Recycle Games which provide great exercise while teaching about the importance of recycling. They participate in relay races and games that make use of recycled materials and other "trash."
Students create greeting cards from recycled products. They research how paper is recyled and the history of paper. They write free verse and create their own recycled paper. They use Microsoft Word to write their final drafts of verse and present to the class.
In this recycling learning exercise set, students read about where trash goes in Pinellas county. They fill in blanks in the words reduce, recycle, and reuse. They identify items that can be recycled, make words from the letters in the word "conservation," complete brain teasers and a matching game.
Students explore the process of recycling. In this ecology lesson plan, students examine the sequence of events that occur during decomposition and how this process is altered by the use of landfills. Extension ideas and worksheets are provided.
Students study environmental issues of excess garbage and learn about recycling. In this recycling instructional activity, students discuss recycling and read a story about too much garbage. Students write a persuasive essay about the importance of recycling.
Students list ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and produce an acrostic poem reflecting their understanding about Earth Day. They also use the Internet to integrate technology into learning.
High schoolers develop a working model computer program of a recycling center addressing the material management, work schedules and business finances of running the recycling center.
Fourth graders gain an awareness of recycling. In this science lesson plan, 4th graders become aware of how much garbage we can produce, identify landfills and their purposes, and explain how recycling saves energy and resources while reducing pollution.
Young scholars identify the reasons why recycling is important. For this recycling lesson, students practice sorting plastics into categories using recycling bins and types of plastics.
Students examine recycling. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students practice persuading others to recycle as they collaborate to prepare small group skits. Students discuss the issue and write reflections about the experience.
Young scholars discuss how they could separate trash into recycling and non recycling items. In this recycling lesson plan, students write down ideas on how they could reuse or recycle some of the trash items that are in a trash bag presented to them.
Students read books and discuss recycling. In this recycling lesson plan, students read a variety of recycling books, and have a discussion about what they know and learned about recycling, and also summarize the books they read.
Second graders study recycling. In this environment lesson, 2nd graders discuss how to sort trash, sort actual trash labeling it, and explore the trash writing new uses of each item of trash instead of throwing the item away.
Here is a good resource for introducing the basics of recycling to young learners. In it, pupils practice identifying things that can be recycled and things that must be placed in the garbage can. This simple, yet effective, teaching idea should be ideal for young recyclers.
Students plan a "no garbage" lunch and hold a classroom contest to sort grabage into what can and what can't be recycled. They assess the importance of reducing the amount of garbage in the environment and set up a book recycling program.
Students write stories about recycling and illustrate them. They examine various containers and determine whether or not they are recyclable. They make a chart about the containers and visit a recycling center.

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