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Where to Recycle Reminder

Where can your family recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers? Create a colorful 3-D reminder to reduce landfill space!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Did you recently get a new computer? Are your remote-control batteries worn out? Does your family have leftover oil-based paint? Learn where and how to properly dispose of items such as these. Check with your community trash hauler or local government to find dates and places for recycling. Get ready to spread the word about responsible recycling with this colorful 3-D poster.
    2. With Crayola Scissors, cut two paper garbage can shapes out of recycled file folders. Label and decorate one side with the recycle symbol using Crayola Colored Pencils or Color Sticks. Glue the inside edges together with Crayola School Glue, leaving the middle open to create an envelope. Air-dry the glue.
    3. What items can be recycled in your community? Computers, oil, tires, pesticides, paints, batteries, newspaper? Draw a symbol for each one. Cut out your designs. Cut a file-folder strip for each symbol. Glue your designs to the ends so they look like flowers on stems.
    4. On each strip, write the dates and places where you can safely dispose of the item pictured. Place your recycle stems into the envelope. Display your poster at home or somewhere in your community to encourage recycling.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

    LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

    SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Trash!: On Ragpicker Children and Recycling by Gita Wolf & Anushka Ravishanakar; Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green by Dan Gutman; The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches

    Invite a local government official to speak with the class about the impact of proper disposal of used items. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the visitor. Afterwards, students post learning to a class blog.

    Encourage students to investigate recycling in their school communities. Discuss findings and make a list of suggestions for improving recycling in the school. Make an appointment with the administration to request permission to add new initiatives to the school's recycling program.


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