Recycling Teacher Resources
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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.
Pupils study environmental issues of excess garbage and learn about recycling. In this recycling lesson, students discuss recycling and read a story about too much garbage. Pupils write a persuasive essay about the importance of recycling.
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 develop a working model computer program of a recycling center addressing the material management, work schedules and business finances of running the recycling center.
Students research on the Web, magazines, and newspapers the extent of waste and recycling situation has been solved. They focus on the community, get facts and figures to show how recycling goes on there.
Students 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 plan, students practice persuading others to recycle as they collaborate to prepare small group skits. Students discuss the issue and write reflections about the experience.
Students develop a recycling plan. In this environmental lesson, students develop a recycling plan for their school. Students write an outline of the plan to present to their class.
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.
Learners 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 recycle paper and make greeting cards. In this recycling lesson, students use scraps of classroom paper to make new sheets of paper. They make greeting cards out of the paper and spread cheer to others in their community.
Sixth graders examine ways to conserve natural resources. In this environmental lesson, 6th graders read the book Just a Dream and discuss the natural resources that they recycle. Students brainstorm ways to conserve natural resources other than recycling.
Students promote recycling efforts. In this recycling instructional activity, students design a bumper sticker and write a persuasive letter to submit to a fictional City Council. The intent of both products is to expand recycling efforts in their community.
Students discuss ways they can conserve the various natural resources of the Earth. In groups, they classify resources into renewable and nonrenewable and identify which ones can be recycled. They develop a Three R's chart to show what can be recycled or reused and present it to the class.
Fourth graders discover the differences between: reduce, reuse, and recycle by performing hands on examinations. They list what would happen to the soil if we allowed the earth to wash away and briefly discuss the meaning of erosion.
Students illustrate the paper recycling process. They collect and weigh all the newspapers that come to their house in a week's time. Pupils multiply this number by all the weeks in a yeat and again by an estimate of the number of people who receive the local paper.
Students are introduced to the purpose of Earth Day. In groups, they listen to a story and practice sorting materials into the proper recycling bins. Using the internet, they participate in a recycling game. To end the lesson, they sing two songs about the environment.
Students investigate landfills and the problems associated with urban and suburban areas. In this recycling lesson plan, students discuss landfills and the problems associated with landfills. They discuss the amount of waste an individual family creates and they use a grid to show the amount of waste created by multiple families. Students discuss how they can reduce the waste being put in landfills.