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Recycling Unit Plan

Independent Study Project for ITDPT course. Unit plan is aimed for grades K-2.
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Elizabeth Jarvi

on 29 November 2009

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Recycling Unit Plan Grades K-2 Science: •Standard: 2.1.7: Recognize and describe ways that some materials, such as recycled paper, cans, and plastic jugs, can be used again.
•Lesson: Have students fill out a KWL chart on Recycling. Then introduce recycling to the class. Tell the students that they are to use the following website to complete their KWL chart; http://www.americarecyclesday.org/dos--donts-of-recycling.aspx. The students will also be directed to watch the videos that are also included on the website. They will share what they learned with their classmates.
Technology: •Lesson: First, have all the students on laptops. Next direct them to this web address: http://www.cleansweepusa.org/recycle_intro.aspx. Here, while the kids read and explore this page, (which has the steps and processes and what the MRF does), the teacher will explain the MRF-materials recovery facility. Next, ask students the question-what other technological advancements have helped our society become more “green” active; to rephrase-how has technology changed the way we live in a more “environmental way”? (Example to get the kids thinking-Solar powered cars instead of gas powered cars, etc). The students will then work with a partner and research to answer this question. They will report their answers/finding(s) any way they like. (Video presentation, Screen Cast, Power point, etc!) Be creative! Social Studies: •Standard: 1.2.4 Roles of Citizens: Describe ways that individual actions can contribute to the common good of the community.
•Lesson: Have a discussion with the class about how they can help contribute to helping their community by being an active recycler/conservator. After the discussion, have the students do the “Recycle Relay”.
“Recycle Relay”:
Materials Required: Trash items such as (plastic, paper, glass, newspaper, foil, Styrofoam etc.
Activity Time: One lesson
Concepts taught: recycling, conservation
In teams of three students must sort 3 real life (cleaned) trash items into the best conservation category of reduce, recycle and reuse. As a team they must tell the class why they choose each category for each item and why it is the best choice for that item.
For example: Styrofoam – the best choice may be to reduce or use less as it is more expensive to recycle than it is just to make new Styrofoam, it never decomposes and it may not be a functional tool for reusing. The key to this collaboration is in the argument because there is not just one right answer. (http://www.solidwastedistrict.com/lessons/recycle_relay.html)
Language Arts: •Standard: 2.5.2 Write a brief description of a familiar object, person, place, or event that:
• develops a main idea.
• uses details to support the main idea.
•Lesson: Have the students do a Readers Theater with “The Garbage Diet”; a skit that helps show students why recycling and conserving is good-and how they can change their lifestyle to help the environment.
oAfter students perform the skit, have them write a couple paragraphs on what they can change in their lifestyle to help the environment (Examples: Recycling, Turning off the lights, not wasting water, etc). They can also draw a picture that represents their paragraphs.
Math: •Standard: 2.1.12 Represent, compares, and interpret data using tables, tally charts, and bar graphs.
•Lesson: Pass out the reading article “Earth Answers-Why Recycle”. Read the pages together. Once you get to the 6th page-Ask the students what they see that is math related (Desired Answer: The graphs on page 6). Ask the students why graphs are used, how the information is displayed, etc. Next, have your students complete their own class survey; the teacher will write down what the students recycle at home: paper, aluminum, etc. The teacher will tally the results on the board, so the students can look to the board and copy anything they may have missed. Then, after the tally chart is completed, the teacher and the students will make a bar graph of their data they have obtained from their class survey. The bar graphs that the students made can then be on posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.
Art: Since the topic is recycling, what better way to reinforce the idea of recycling than making a pencil holder out of recyclables! When it is finished, the students can take home their “Perfect Pencil Holder”
Letter Perfect Pencil Holder
You’ll need:
•A flat, round cheese box or two tops from boxes of oats with labels removed
•Cut out letters from magazine pages
•Several toilet paper and paper towel rolls
•Paints and brushes
•Glue
How to build it:
1.Cut the toilet paper and paper towel rolls into different sizes.
2.Glue three different size rolls to the top of the cheese box or oats lids.
3.If you’re using oats lids, make a few snips in the top piece. This will help it fit over the bottom piece. Paint the inside of the box on color, and the outside of the box with the rolls, another color.
4.Decorate the holder by gluing on letters you’ve cut out of magazines.
5.You can also decorate with designs made out of colored thread or string.
6.Now place it on your desk, fill it up with supplies, and get down to work!
Music: •Lesson: You can teach your students some simple songs that teach others to recycle, pick up litter, and more!
•Recycling For Our Earth
(Sung to: "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
Sub. by Jenny
Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch,
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch,
Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch,
Recycle for our earth.
Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding,
Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Recycle for our earth.
Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
Recycle for our earth
•Water
Submitted by India
Water's what we bathe in,
Water's what we drink,
Water keeps plants alive,
Without it fish would sink.
Water comes from rivers,
Water comes from rain.
And every drop that's wasted
Is just water down the drain!
•Pick up Litter
(Sung To: "If Your Happy And You Know It")
Sub. by Freta
If you see a piece of litter pick it up
If you see a piece of litter pick it up
You will make the world look better
If you pick up all the litter.
If you see a piece of litter, pick it up
•I'm A Piece of Litter
Submitted by Rachel
(Sung To: "I'm A Little Teapot")
I'm a piece of litter,
Pick me up,
Put me in the garbage,
Or recycle me,
When you do this,
You'll make the earth,
Much more beautiful,
For you and me,
See the pond all grimy,
Help clean up,
You'll see more happy faces,
Where ever you go,
You'll make the earth more beautiful than ever before,
You'll be able to hear it say "Thank you!"
oYou can find these songs on the following website: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/recycling/songs.htm
Extra Ideas/Time Fillers: •Direct the students to this website: http://www.cleansweepusa.org/default.aspx
oHave the students read these comics that are compact with information about recycling, littering and how to keep the earth clean. Afterwards, have the students create their own comics about being Earth Friendly-Recycling, Not wasting water, not littering, etc).
•Have the students see a “virtual” community (aka Recycle City)-and see how the people of the community recycle, reduce, and reuse. The website includes many learning activities including a scavenger hunt, a tour of the city, and more.
ohttp://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/mainmap.htm
•You can make an “Edible Landfill” with your class!
ohttp://www.solidwastedistrict.com/lessons/edible_landfill.html
•More Art/Craft Ideas Using Recyclables: http://www.solidwastedistrict.com/fun/crafts.html
Resources Used:
http://www.edutopia.org/recycling-lesson-plans
http://www.cleansweepusa.org/wasteinplace_intro.aspx
http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/TrashGoesToSchool/GarbageDiet.html
http://www.tappi.org/paperu/all_about_paper/earth_answers/Whyrec1.htm
http://www.greeningschools.org/resources/curricula.cfm
http://www.solidwastedistrict.com/education/index.html
http://www.homeimprovementhelper.com/green/images/kids_recycling.jpg
http://www.kidsforsavingearth.org/
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