Take a seemingly mundane subject such as trash and flesh out the importance of the safe disposal of trash and recycling in everyday life. How many students have ever considered the entire trash cycle and the difference they can make in their own world by altering their habits? Where else can you find a complicated and important subject presented in an easy-to-understand format?
Teach about recycling by studying the R’s in the recycle symbol, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students will actively participate in numerous hands-on activities that will make clear how each area applies to their everyday life. The activities provided include directions as well as illustrations for hands on learning projects. The students will also answer questions about the activities, thereby helping to reinforce what they have learned.
Activities include a variety of recycling topics including, building a bird feeder from a plastic bottle, creating ‘yarn’ out of plastic bags, making paper beads, creating paper from old newspaper as well as composting kitchen and yard waste.
The worksheets start with the trash being picked up by the trash trucks. They continue through the process of the trash going to the landfill or incinerator and the potential problems with each system. This along with discussions of the different area of recycling, will help the students understand just how important recycling is and how easy it is for all of us to participate in it.
A teacher copy of the worksheets can easily be created by replacing 4 pages (4, 5, 30, 33) with the 4 pages (with corresponding page numbers) that is included at the back of the chapter. The teacher pages will include the icon by the teacher directed activities.