Recycling

Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling lesson. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and reusing common materials.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Break this lesson up over an entire week, using the discussion topics, activities, art projects, and literature to create a mini-unit on recycling
  • Bring in examples of different recyclable materials to support class discussions and for lesson activities
Classroom Considerations

  • Send a letter home to parents asking them to donate recyclable materials to use for the activities and art projects included in this resource
Pros

  • A list of fiction and non-fiction books on recycling is provided with the lesson
  • Offers suggestions for complementary recycling-themed art projects to perform with the lesson
  • Includes a list of teaching tips for reinforcing the concept of conservation in the classroom
Cons

  • None
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  • Activity
  • Lab & Experiment
  • Project
  • Reading List
NGSS