Recycling Teacher Resources
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New! Taking Action
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.
New! Sort and Color!
Sorting is a very important skill that can be used in math and even science. Learners get familiar with some environmentally friendly vocabulary terms as they practice separating objects that can be recycled from those that can't. They discuss concepts such as composting, reusing, and landfills before creating colorful posters all about recycling.
Go Fish! Fish or other Sea Creature from Recycled Materials
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.
Saving Humpty Dumpty;Recycling, Environmental Science, Math, Ecology, Athletic Shoes
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.
Recycling by Composting
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.
Garbage or Art?
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!
The Art of El Anasui: Creating a Mural with Discarded/Recycled Objects
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.
Lesson: Transformational Tapestries
Art can be found anywhere, even in the class recycle bin. El Anatsui is an artist that uses found materials to create two and three-dimensional art. Kids examine his techniques, discuss the differences between found art forms, and then work in groups to create their own art. Photos, resource links, and art notes make for an easily executable lesson.
Fill In The GAPP
Youngsters discover what recycling is and identify things that can be recycled. They use both video and Internet resources to aid them in their study. This is a well-designed instructional activity with excellent activities and a nicely-written letter to parents regarding an upcoming class project on recycling. Very good!
Students consider the life cycle of certain plastics products and propose improved recycling legislation in their own communities.
Three R's to Environmental Stewardship: Earth Day
Students explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing instructional activity 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.
Classroom Waste Audit
Learners identify the major components of classroom trash. They list the items that can be recycled from classroom waste. Students determine and limit the number of variables in a scientific study. The quantify and analyze the results of the initial and follow-up audit.
Earth Day Number Sense
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.
Students compare the amount of waste that comes from different bags of equivalent amounts of potato chips and decide which would produce the least amount of waste. They discuss recycling and other ways they can reduce waste.
Are We Finished With It Yet?
Students recognize the importance of natural resources and that we need to conserve, reuse and recycle them. In this conserving natural resources activity, students are given one object and must create something with it. Students discuss what's left (waste) and how to handle that waste. Students create a PowerPoint showing how their object could be reused. Rubric included.
Making Decisions: Packaging and the Environment
Students work in small groups to redesign the packaging of several common items. They attempt to reach the goal of 25% reduction in packaging materials currently used and explore the impact of various materials and designs in landfills and recycling efforts.
Students work together to make recycled paper. They identify examples of recycled materials and discover what can and cannot be recycled. They explore the history of paper making as well.
What is Plastic?
Students experiment with plastics. For this what is plastic lesson, students make a simple polymer and discuss recycling. Students identify various types of plastics.
Protecting Our Planet
Students discuss pollution and ways humans create pollution as well as how litter and pollution affect plants and animals. The class participates in a pollution simulation which demonstrates how land, water, plants, animals and humans are all affected by the pollution we create. After the simulation, groups discuss ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste and create posters displaying their ideas.
Our Class, Our Earth day
Students understand the importance of participating in recycling and clean-up efforts in the community. In this recycling lesson, students respond to questions after reading "The Wartville Wizard" by Don Madden. Students articulate feelings about finding trash in the classroom. Students participate in a school cleanup.