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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 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.
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 lesson, 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.
Students complete a worksheet.  In this recycling lesson plan, students identify the different types of paper they use, answer questions on recycling and discuss why recycling is important. 
In this recycling activity, students review what items can be recycled, what is made from recycled items, and how recycling conserves resources. This activity has 5 word scramble, 10 short answer, and 5 multiple choice questions.
Students 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 describe how shoe design, manufacturing, retailing, consumer use, and disposal impact environments and societies. They discuss ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle resources in the life-cycle for a shoe product.
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.
Middle schoolers create murals that feature recycled objects. In this West African art lesson plan, students examine artwork by El Anatsui and his commentary on social issues. Middle schoolers then create murals in the style of El Anatsui using discarded objects.
Raise environmental awareness with the first lesson of this series on waste management. Read a short story about a fifth grader's trip to a landfill and introduce the concepts reduce, reduce, recycle, and compost. Follow up with a discussion about different ways young conservationists can reduce waste in the lunches they bring from home. Use this as an opportunity to further explore composting with a lesson on decomposition and the cycle of energy through an ecosystem. A great resource to add into an Earth Day celebration.
We don't just need to waste solid waste, a lot of times we can use it again in a different way. Children discuss the importance of reducing waste through recycling. They brainstorm ways to reuse objects that have been thrown away as they explore a series of interactive websites on the topic. The lesson isfun and includes several great links to interactive websites. Enhance the lesson by adding a scrap art project to show kids that they can use trash in creative and beautiful ways.  
Students 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 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.

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