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Recycling

 

Objective:

Children will learn all about ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle materials.
Grade Level: K-2

 

Books:

Wallace, Nancy E.
Recycle Every Day!
When Minna has a school assignment to make a poster about recycling, her entire rabbit family spends the week practicing various kinds of recycling and suggesting ideas for her poster.
 
Koontz, Robin
Composting: Nature's Recyclers
Describes what composting is, what goes into compost, and why composting is beneficial.
 
Walsh, Melanie
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World
A reminder of the easy, everyday ways we can be kinder to the Earth.
 
Gibbons, Gail
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
Explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.
 
 

Activity:

Recycled Relay

Break students into several groups. Give each group a bag with different objects that can be recycled, reused or composted. Have three boxes labeled "recycle", "reuse" and "compost" Start a timer and have one child from each team pick on object out of the bag and place it in the correct bin. At the end, go over all the objects to see if each team placed them correctly.

 

Vocabulary:

Compost: A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients

Recycle: the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products

Reduce: to make smaller in size

Reuse: use again after processing

Waste: any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

 

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