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Knowing what can be recycled or reused and what has to be thrown away is difficult for children. This conservation activity teaches young learners to distinguish between different kinds of waste by first sorting through used classroom materials before creating illustrations for the classroom recycling, reusing, and trash containers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Teach this lesson near the beginning of the school year to create an the foundations of an environmentally friendly classroom
  • When sorting materials, have children work in small groups first, before allowing them to share their work during a whole group discussion
  • Bring in examples of items made from post-recycled materials to complement a class discussion about recycling
  • Make copies of children's illustrations and use them to label the trash and recycling bins around the entire school
Classroom Considerations
  • A week prior to this lesson send a letter home to parents asking for donations of recyclable materials to using during this lesson
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