Recycling Teacher Resources
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Kings and Queens of Recycling
Students 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.
Sorting "Good" Junk (Recycling)
Second graders study recycling. For 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.
Garbage vs. Recycle Centre
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.
Solid Waste Recycling
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.
Recycling: The Way to Save...Fad or Fact
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.
Recycling: Problem solved or problem ongoing?
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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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 practice recycling. In this character counts instructional activity, students discuss why students should be responsible about recycling. They cut out pictures from a magazine showing items that can be recycled.
Spreading Cheer by Recycling!
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.
Recycling and Resources
Sixth graders examine ways to conserve natural resources. For 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.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
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.
The Three R's -- Recycle, Reuse, or Reduce
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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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.
Activity #7 Recycling of Newsprint
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.
Earth Day and Recycling
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.
Why Recycle Paper?
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 recycling activity, high schoolers 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.
How Much Are We Using?
Third graders investigate environmental stability through consumption and recycling. They look into how much of a recyclable good it takes to create one new product. Pupils compile a list of these quantities, then create posters that are hung up around the school sharing their important findings. This brilliantly written plan is well worth implementing with your 3rd graders. The sooner our young people turn on to recycling, the better.