Earth Day Activities STEM Recycling Challenge

Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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26 pg PDF and 20 pg Google Slide Show
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This Earth Day Inspired STEM Challenge will show off your students' creative thinking skills!! Students will learn about recycling and be challenged to create an invention using recyclable materials only. The digital slide show includes fun interactive activities too.

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Tie in literacy with this lesson & begin by reading What to Do with a Box, or other recycling themed books. Guide students to create items with a specific theme (such as a landmark, invention, bridge), or allow students to create anything they dream up! Use the Engineering Design process to plan, create & improve!


  • Google Slides / works with Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Use the slide show to give challenge to students digitally or model on your smart board
      • Video on reduce, reuse, recycling
      • Interactive drag & drop recycling activity
        • Type in ideas for 3 Rs
        • Sort the non recyclable vs recyclable items
        • Sort the recyclables into categories
    • Task cards
      • Virtual digital building
      • Story read aloud (What To Do with a Box)
      • Timer
      • Various response sheets - ready to type on

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  • Task card printable - in small and large size
  • Activity response sheets -
    • 1 page easy to copy
    • 5 versions depending on your students' level
    • Includes the design process
  • Design Process Poster to display to class
  • Student stickers - One click print on Avery labels - to celebrate students' building
  • Student certificates of competition - celebrate success & easily print out.
  • Teacher directions to guide you
  • Photos of student made samples to provide examples

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This challenge can be modified and used for lower to upper elementary.

LOW PREP for any makerspace or STEAM class with one sided response sheets. These activities are hands on and promote creativity. Students will and should create different final products.


This resource is awesome. My students always love doing STEM the digital version of the differentiated slides were helpful for all my students even the diverse learners. Thank you. - LaToshia

We loved this for Earth Day. I got super busy and forgot to plan something. I was able to put this together the day before. It was perfect! -Katherine

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Total Pages
26 pg PDF and 20 pg Google Slide Show
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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