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Save The Earth: Recycle

Great for an Earth Day unit or as part of your school's recycling awareness program, use this lesson to make your students aware of actions they can take to save the Earth!
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Help your students become everyday heroes through recycling. In the lesson plan Save the Earth: Recycle, first graders and second graders are asked to think about the ideas of recycling and conservation. Teachers introduce and explore how recyclable items are collected and sorted, before being manufactured into new objects. Kids will practice identifying recycled materials and what things they can recycle in everyday life. Perfect for Earth Day or when students are heading out for the holidays, this lesson helps kids think about their impact on the earth.

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

(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that today they will be learning about recycling.
  • Ask your students why they think recycling is important.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to write down five objects that they can recycle on notebook paper.
(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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