This nonfiction reading unit (level X) focuses on how to reuse materials that are commonly thrown out and contribute to pollution. Students learn creative ways to reuse plastic containers and egg cartons while learning about how these materials pose a threat to the environment and to wildlife. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying content and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a lesson exploring text structure (Cause and Effect) and a text-based writing activity.