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Practice counting, adding, and dividing into sets with used markers. Decorate a colorful box for each set!
Introduce the lesson with a book about recycling such as "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" by Rachel Hope Allison or "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. Ask children to think of everyday items they could recycle. Discuss plans for the Crayola ColorCycle program and why it is important to repurpose markers.
Ask the students to bring some recycled boxes from home, for example, shoe boxes, along with any used markers they might have that they would otherwise discard. Distribute the used markers so that groups of children work collaboratively and have a dozen or two markers for sorting into sets. Use the markers for a variety of math experiences, including sorting by color sets and to practice counting and simple addition.
Ask students to group their markers by color. Talk about sets. Have students count their markers by sets. "How many red markers do you have? How many blue markers?" Which group of students "Has the largest set of green?"
Assign each group a color to use as they decorate a shoebox. Have them cover their boxes with plain background paper. Ask them to talk about things they associate with their color (red apples, fire trucks, roses, etc.), and then to use Crayola Crayons or Markers to draw a few of those visuals. Ask students to draw the images on individual pieces of paper and to collaboratively plan how they will combine the images to decorate the group's box. They will cut out their pictures and attach them to the boxes using a Crayola Glue Stick. Write the color names on the board. Ask one student from each group to write the name of their group's color onto the box lid.
Put the finished boxes on the counter. Invite students to drop their used markers into the color coded boxes. Continue to use the markers as math manipulatives. Ask students to keep adding markers to the boxes throughout the collection period. Conduct a grand count before adding them to the school's ColorCycle collection.
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