Recycling Teacher Resources
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Students complete a worksheet. In this recycling lesson, students identify the different types of paper they use, answer questions on recycling and discuss why recycling is important.
In this Earth Day worksheet, students fill in the blanks to sentences, match words to definitions, and make slogans for pictures about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Students complete 3 activities.
Pupils brainstorm what a fish looks like determining the parts from schema and research. They create a unique and interesting 3-d sculpture of fish or underwater creature mostly from recycled materials, then examine the aesthetics of the project and how it will be displayed.
Students examine the idea of recycling by composting. Using the internet, they research the benefits of composting to the environment. In groups, they collect numbers on how much food and yard waste is produced in their community. They organize a community wide composting campaign to improve the quality of the soil.
Students create murals that feature recycled objects. In this West African art lesson, students examine artwork by El Anatsui and his commentary on social issues. Students then create murals in the style of El Anatsui using discarded objects.
New! The Trash We Pass
Where does our garbage go? What is the difference between a recyclable and non-recyclable item? Pose these important, but often overlooked, questions to your class and invite them to consider the lasting and damaging effects of the simple action of throwing trash away. You can incorporate this activity into a variety of grade levels and subject areas, especially around Earth Day.
In the final lesson of a four-part series, kids take what they have learned about the importance of recycling and reducing one's impact on the environment and put it into action by creating posters. Originally intended for a contest for the city of Tucson, the posters would be great for Earth Day projects or environmental awareness campaigns around town. The posters can focus on conservation, reducing waste, taking advantage of neighborhood recycling programs, or reusing materials. In order to incorporate technology and make this project even more eco-friendly, have kids create their posters or brochures on the computer and post them online.
Is it possible to have a waste-less lunch? Can your class become leaders in conservation? Discuss the importance of reducing waste during lunch time with a fun lesson that can be extended to everyday practices. First the class examines the types of packaging used to package their lunches, then they discuss ways they can conserve natural resources by reducing the amount of waste they produce. Throughout the lunch hour, learners will sort items into categories using a handy chart. In no time, they'll all know what to reuse, recycle, compost, and throw away.
Students develop reduce, reuse, and recycle lists. They watch a video about recycling. They construct and interpret graphs and compare and contrast data from charts and tables.
High schoolers examine the situation in Japan in which they are required to pay to recycle large appliances. They compare and contrast the incentives available to citizens of Japan and the United States who recycle. They predict how consumers might react when they have to pay a fee. In groups, they create strategies for reducing the amount of waste in landfills.
Students explain the need to buy goods that are made from recycled materials. They investigate specific websites that inform us on the postive aspects of recycling. They realize what happens to the things we recycle and they set up a display of materials we can purchase from recycled products.
Students participate in a recycles day. They research how recycling benefits the environment. They also compete in a paper products recycling contest.
Students examine the impact of recycling on the economy and environment. They develop a recycling plan for their own community in order to solve recycling problems.
Young scholars identify recycled and recyclable products by reading labels. They discuss what happens to solid waste in landfills and its impact on the environment. They discuss ways in which they can conserve natural resources.
Learners journal information regarding recycling from previous research. They use Microsoft Word to write their entries regarding recycling that is used in oral and video presentations. They visit "Green School" sites on the Internet to research how other schools incorporate recycling into their buildings.
High schoolers learn the importance of plants and animals, ecosystems and habitats... and see how these factors guide mining reclamation projects. They then discover the importance of recycling, and the difference between manufacturing with recycled materials and newly extracted materials.
Learners examine the many uses of mined lands after reclamation has been completed and discover the importance of recycling finding the difference between manufacturing with recycled materials and newly extracted materials.
Second graders examine the recycling process. In this recycling lesson, 2nd graders discuss the reasons for recycling and create storyboards to show where a specific material comes from. Students complete a worksheet as a follow-up activity.
Students complete the associated worksheets as they investigate ways to recycle and reuse common objects. They share ideas on reusing objects while practicing listening, speaking and note-taking skills.
Middle schoolers work in a group to create a skit of a scenario involving recycling. Student skits should encourage and convince the audience members to participate in recycling activities. Students provide written responses after the final project is completed.