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Engage students in developing an environmentally friendly school with this upper-elementary conservation lesson. After an introductory discussion about recycling, children practice sorting common classroom items based on whether they can be recycled, reused, or must be thrown away, before creating illustrations for labeling school recycling and trash containers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have students use their illustrations to give waste management presentations to other classes in the school
  • Allow children to practice sorting waste materials in small groups, before sharing their work during a whole class discussion
  • Support students with performing research on recycling by offering a series of guiding questions for them to consider
Classroom Considerations
  • A week before teaching this lesson send a letter home asking parents to donate recyclable materials for use during this lesson
  • If needed, break up the lesson over two or more days to allow more time for discussion as to why recycling is important
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  • Provides a list of additional resources on recycling including books, websites, and a video
  • Suggestions are offered for activities that extend learning about recycling
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