The Ugly Duckling's Journey to Away - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

3rd - 5th

In this recycling worksheet set, learners read about where trash goes in Pinellas county. They fill in blanks in the words reduce, recycle, and reuse. They identify items that can be recycled, make words from the letters in the word "conservation," complete brain teasers and a matching game.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Sorting Through Personal Choices

Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science lesson plan. Start by breaking the class into groups and having them collect trash from around the school or local park. Students then use the provided Venn diagram to sort the items they found based on their ability to be reduced, reused, or recycled. Include this lesson plan as part your class's Earth Day celebration or as a supplement to an elementary science unit on ecosystems or the environment.

Where Trash Goes

Raise environmental awareness with the first lesson plan 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 plan on decomposition and the cycle of energy through an ecosystem. A great resource to add into an Earth Day celebration.

Slash Trash! Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Our Way to Zero Waste

The other "Three Rs" are covered in this lesson: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Over four weeks, conservationists collect data about waste in their own homes. They combine their findings with those of other students in order to analyze whole-class data. 

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.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Students explore the concept of waste management. In this environmental stewardship lesson plan, students study the nuances of the terms reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students investigate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle many everyday items as they collect their ideas for a book.

Recycling Litter - Reduce Reuse Recycle Lesson Plan

Student create their own ways to help the environment. In this recycling lesson, pupils explore how to identify many different types of waste materials, know what types of waste materials can be reduced, reused, and recycled, and create solutions to help reduce litter on school grounds.

Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Students list ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and produce an acrostic poem reflecting their understanding about Earth Day. They also use the Internet to integrate technology into learning.

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling

Students investigate how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and ways to biodegrade and compost items. They explore a website and complete an online Treasure Hunt, and create a poster, or a television or newspaper ad.

Get Dramatic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 

Learners explain reducing, recycling and reusing. In this science/ arts lesson, students create a commercial and display a backdrop made out of recycled goods. Additionally, learners write written responses to writing prompts. 

Earth Day - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

In this Earth Day activity, students fill in the blanks to sentences, match words to definitions, and make slogans for pictures about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Students complete 3 activities.

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