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If you have a little left over tinsel and aluminum foil, your class can create these fun moon and star mobiles. Poster board or recycled cardboard become your moon and stars; the tinsel gives them sparkle. This would be a great activity following a space science lesson or unit. Book and interactive game links are included.
Young scholars 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.
Pupils 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.
The three R's are, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Third graders use recycled materials to design and create an environmentally themed piece of art. They discuss and examine major art works that were created using recycled materials, then they get to work creating with trash!
Students discover recyclable materials and the proper disposal of those items through Internet research. Working in groups of four, they search the Internet for uses of recyclable materials. After research is complete, they participate in a class activity and determine which new products were made from recyclable materials.
Nearly everything that is purchased these days comes in some sort of packaging; which type of packaging is the most environmentally friendly and why? Through a discussion and a card-sort activity, your young consumers will think more critically about reducing, reusing, and recycling. The discussion and materials are explained so clearly that you could put the lesson plan in your emergency sub pla folder to ensure your kids are doing something more meaningful than watching a video when you are missing school.
Where does the trash go after you put it in the garbage can? The class discusses sustainability, recycling, compost, and landfills as they play as fun relay game. In teams, they race to be the fastest group to successfully sort their trash piles into the proper bins. The activity wraps up with a discussion on ways to compost and reuse trash instead of throwing it out.
Young scientists find ways to harness energy in order to make a machine that can crush aluminum cans. Learners discuss the importance of finding ways to reduce the number of trips to the recycling center from school. They attempt to design a simple machine that will crush all of the aluminum cans used at school.
Students 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 explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing lesson students read Dinosaurs to the Rescue and apply their findings to learning ways to conserve resources. Students complete a worksheet and complete a chosen project for Earth Day.
Elementary schoolers count and order objects using numbers 1-300. They bring recyclable items from home. Students group the items, skip count by 2's, 3's, and 5's, and arrange the items on a number line. Recyclable plastic bags are put in groups of 300 to be used to make sleeping mats for the children of Haiti.