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Keywords: Identify, Learn words, Create, Integrate, Collect data, Reading, Writing, Comprehending, Listening, Counting, Art, Drawing
Subject(s): Biology, Photography, Social Studies, Video, Spelling, Technology, Early Learning, Grammar, Science, Life Science, Writing, History, Earth Science, Reading, Math, English/Language Arts
Grades P-K through K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Kids Castle Learning Center, Decatur, IL
Planned By: Alissa Gruenewald
Original Author: Alissa Gruenewald, Decatur
At the completion of this lesson students will:
Identify recyclable vs. non-recyclable items
Identify different types of recyclable items including:
Students will have ideas for integrating recycling into their homes

The Recycling lesson will take approximately eight class periods to complete.

Lesson Type
The activities in this lesson require students to complete worksheets and make presentations as individuals.

Technology Integration
The technology used in this lesson plan will be used by the teacher and then presented to the class. The teacher will collect data provided by the students and create a “Class Chart” using Excel. The chart will be printed out and hung in the classroom. The teacher will also use a digital camera, Ipad, or tablet to photograph student presentations of recyclable materials.

Instructional Procedures

Week 1

Start class with an introduction to recycling
Three Parts: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Some materials are recyclable and some are not
Read story (The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by: Nuria Roca)
Introduce “Home Project”, pass out worksheet
Use recycling worksheet from Tuesday until Friday to write down recyclable items in the home correlating with information learned in class.
The teacher will use this information to create a “Class Recycling Chart”
Monday of the second week students will also bring in a recyclable object
from home.

Begin class with story (The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by: Alison Inches)
Work through examples of recyclable plastic vs. non-recyclable plastic.
Milk Jug
Pop Bottle
Water Bottle
Pass out Plastic Worksheet
Students will trace “Plastic” and then draw examples of recyclable plastics.

Begin class with story (The Adventures of an Aluminum Can by: Alison Inches)
Work through examples of recyclable aluminum vs. non-recyclable aluminum.
Pop cans
Aluminum foil
Pass out Aluminum Worksheet
Students will trace “Aluminum” and then draw examples of recyclable aluminum using an Ipad or Tablet.

Begin class with story (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Paper by: Alexandra Fix)
Work through examples of recyclable paper vs. non-recyclable paper
Copy Paper
Pass out Paper Worksheet
Students will trace “Paper” and then draw examples of recyclable glass using
an Ipad or tablet.

Begin class with story (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Glass by: Alexandra Fix)
Work through examples of recyclable glass vs. non-recyclable glass
Glass drinking bottles
Glass jars (jam, jelly, etc.)
Pass out Glass Worksheet
Students will trace “Glass” and then draw examples of recyclable glass using
an Ipad or tablet.

Week Two
Collect “Home Project Worksheet”
Students will present their “from home’ recyclable object; teacher takes picture of
Student with object.
What is your object?
How do you know if it recyclable?
Teacher At Home: Collect data create a class chart

Assign students a letter of the Recyclable Alphabet
Provide materials for students to use to decorate letter.
Hang letters around the room
Present Class Recycling Chart
Use all the student pictures to create a digital portfolio for parents to view their
child’s works.

Class Project: Coffee Filters Earths

The evaluation for this lesson will be based on participation in class and “at home”. Students will be screened on daily worksheets and class presentations to see that are grasping the lesson being taught.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson is integrating the use of technology through Ipads or tablets. The children will learn how to create digital portfolios, collect data for a class chart, and use pictures to show the work they have completed. Every other subject of interest will be incorporated into the learning such as math for counting, reading, writing out recycle words, history to discover the background of recycling and how it got started, and hands on learning science experiences.
Go visit our local recycling center to show how the recycling process works. Set up recycling in our school so we can educate and motivate everyone on the importance of reusing old goods.
Materials: Whiteboards, Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot, Art Tools, Video Tools, Camera/Video Accessories, Memory Cards, Cables, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Math, Elementary, Science, Social Studies, Early Learning, Books, Spreadsheet, Worksheets, Internet Services, Assessment, Clip Art, Integrating Technology, Cause and Effect
Other Items: 2 Ipads or, $259.95 each, total of $519.90
2 Tablets, $119.99 each, total of $239.98