One Plastic Bag Upcycled Bracelet READ ALOUD STEAM™ Activity + Distance Learning

Carly and Adam

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Integrate STEAM in your classroom and teach students about recycling!

Learn about recycling, reducing, and reusing! Students design and build their very own Upcycled Plastic Bag Bracelet! After making their bracelets, students use the STEAM process to think of another way plastic bags can be repurposed. Finally, students write about ways they can recycle, reduce, and reuse in their own school and community.

Excellent activity for Earth Day!

Connect to a Read Aloud: One Plastic Bag

This STEAM Project is a companion activity to One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul. The book explores Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia. We also included our own reading passage and questions about Isatou Ceesay.

Take students through the STEAM Process!

Students design, build, and test their own Upcycled Plastic Bag Bracelet. After they have completed their STEAM activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Integrate Writing!

A writing activity is included as a follow up for students to write about how they can better integrate recycling in their school!

Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM teachers, elementary librarians, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

Material List:

  • Scissors
  • Plastic Bags
  • Duct Tape
  • One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions (with detailed photos)
  • Isatou Ceesay Reading Passage and Questions
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Upcycled Plastic Bag Bracelet STEAM Activity
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Writing Activity
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms. Assessment is limited to a single environmental change. Assessment does not include the greenhouse effect or climate change.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
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