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Social Studies - 3rd Grade
Standard 1 Objective 3
3 class periods of 30 minutes each
Students will understand that the only way we will be able to continue on the earth the way we are now is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. They will generate ideas to limit usage of natural resources in all areas.
Giving the principal a "heads up" that your class is going to propose a school-wide reduce, reuse and recycle campaign. Become familiar with attached websites, books, or other recycling sites. Prepare notes to go home a couple of days before beginning this lesson asking for recyclable objects and articles.
A couple of days previous to this lesson, send home notes requesting the students bring in one item that can be recycled and an article from a magazine, newspaper, or the internet that discusses recycling, reducing, or reusing. Then have the students set these items on their desks before you start the lesson.
Teacher takes a pre-filled garbage bag and scatters the clean trash around the room, making loud noises and generally being obnoxious. Then, ask the class "What am I doing?" Let the class share ideas and then ask "What should we do now? Put the items back in the trash, or is there anything else that we could use these items for?" This is the pre-assessment portion of the lesson - find out if the students can think of any other ways to use items other than throwing them away.
Ask each member of the class to pick up two items and put them on their desk, adding these items to what they've brought from home, and then give the class some think time to determine what they think the best use of the items is.
Make a class graph answering the question: "What do you do with items you are throwing away at home?"
The categories are:
The students will determine their own ideas for reusing objects and will come up with their own posters. Student assignments determined by ability. Peer assistance with project parameters.
Students could present their ideas to a community council or PTA or other community organizations and see if the ideas could expand beyond the school. The students could also present their ideas before the faculty.
The class will develop one idea to implement to reduce, reuse or recycle in the school that does not include paper or cans.
Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last by Lori Baird, Yankee Magazine, Editors of Yankee Magazine