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Young scholars increase their awareness of the importance of recycling and the methods by which glass can be recycled. In this letter writing lesson, they are introduced to the Rose Island Sea Glass Stewardship Program. Students recall the beach glass from the island. They are told that the glass can be recycled in many ways.
Students read about old telephone books are being recycled to make new objects and then answer short answer questions about it. In this recycling lesson plan, students also look into their books to find information.
Students discuss the pros and cons of recycling on the environment. They sort and classify objects for recycling and write a brief narrative about the experience. This lesson is intended for students acquiring English.
Students eat two sack "lunches", examine video clips, and play a role playing game to investigate recycling and landfills in the United States. This lesson could be used as a cross-curricular activity involving Art, Language Arts, and Science.
High schoolers discuss landfills and the amount of waste an individual family produces. They play a simulation game about recycling and discuss setting up a home recycling center.
Fifth graders explore the concept of waste management. In this recycling lesson, 5th graders discover the history of waste management and discuss how the U.S. should respond to the issue of ever-increasing waste.
Students discuss how recycled materials can be used to create art and how this will apply to their artwork. They create a sailing vessel using recycled materials that they find.
Students explore methods to recycle items. They evaluate the amount of garbage one class accumulates. Students discuss recycling and landfills. They predict and experiment to determine what types of paper decomposes first.
Students integrate the concept of recycling into an aerobic activity. They incorporate the use of baskets, crates, wrist bands, vests, and bean bags, They play a remote game until all the "trash" is retrieved.
In this recycling worksheet, students study items in a list and circle those that can go into the recycling bin. Students solve 5 recycling riddles, unscramble letters to find 6 recyclable items. Students write 4 ways that a milk carton can be reused.
Students examine the importance of recycling to help the environment. In groups, they make a compost bin on the school grounds recording how the material changes from week to week. They collect other materials for recycling like cell phones discovering how to make a profit by helping the environment.
Students practice separating trash into the correct recycling container. They discover the concept of recycle, reuse or reduce. They work together as a class to change their recycling habits.
Students create recycled paper. They identify paper as the material that is thrown away most and that paper is made from a natural renewable resource. Students create recycled paper and brainstorm a list of ways to use recycled paper.
Students recycle old paper into new. In this sustainability lesson, students take old newspaper and recycle it into new paper.
Students read and discuss as a group the story, " Litter bugs Ignoring new laws." They discuss the story and then fill out a questionnaire and discuss ways of improvement and recycling ideas.
Students create paper beads from colorful paper recycled from catalogs, magazines, brochures, colored paper scraps, wrapping paper, and junk mail. Students create a colorful necklace from their beads.
Almost every teacher has a stack of old magazines lying around. Get creative and turn them into mosaics! That's right, this resource explains how kids draw, design, cut, and paste to create mosaic art from recycled magazines. Connect this project to history by explaining how mosaics were developed, the cultures that made them famous, and how they have been used to express culturally significant ideas and images. 
Third graders explore the concept of sorting recyclables. In this recycling lesson, 3rd graders determine how to separate recyclables from waste and how to sort recyclables into different categories.
Fourth graders explore the concept of waste management. In this recycling lesson, 4th graders identify materials that must be landfilled as well as items that may be recycled or reused.
In these recycling worksheets, learners complete several activities to learn about recycling. Students complete a word search, word scramble, bar graph, pie chart, research project, class project, and individual project for recycling.

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