Lesson Plan:

Save The Earth: Recycle

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October 4, 2015
by Sanayya Sohail

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe the concept of recycling and identify items that can be recycled.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that today they will be learning about recycling.
  • Ask your students why they think recycling is important.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Explain to your students that recycling is a process.
  • Explain that we recycle to save the earth by reusing our waste to limit our dependence on Earth's resources.
  • Explain to your students that recycling occurs in three steps. The first step is to collect and sort goods. Ask your students if they have a recycling bin at home. Ask your students what some items are that they put in the recycling bin. Record the answers on the board.
  • Tell your students that the second step in recycling is manufacturing. Explain to your students that once the objects are collected and sorted, they are used to create new objects!
  • Tell your students that the final step in recycling is selling! Tell your students that once the objects are manufactured, they are sold in stores.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (30 minutes)

  • Give your student the Create An Item worksheet to create an item out of a recyclable item.
  • Ask each student to pick one item that they would like to create from the Create An Item worksheet.
  • Give your students the appropriate materials to create the item they picked.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Ask your students to write the three steps of the recycling process.
  • Ask your students to provide an example for each step using the object they created during guided practice.
  • An example could be, I collected a bottle. I used the bottle to create a vase. I would sell the item to people looking to decorate their houses.



  • Enrichment: Ask your students to create a board game using the Recycling: Create A Board Game worksheet.
  • Support: Ask your students to play the board game created by the advanced students.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Ask your students to write down five objects that they can recycle on notebook paper.

Review and Closing (20 minutes)

  • Put a recycling bin in the middle of the class.
  • Ask each student to bring an item to the middle that could be recycled.
  • Have each student do a "show and tell" for their item. They should show the class the item they brought and tell the class some items that could be created using their recyclable item.

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