Reduce, REUSE, and Recycle: Produce No Waste

Reduce, REUSE, and Recycle: Produce No Waste
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What is a challenge in your life and how can you turn that “problem” into a solution? How about an idea that might inspire your studentsto ask and explore just one of many possible solutions to the challenge: What can I do with all these paper scraps?

This is a single lesson. However, this could easily be connected and integrated into other lessons such as where paper comes from, related resources created by people from the natural resources that are used to make paper, how it is made on an industrial scale, history of writing/art, and so much more. Use your imagination!

Also, this is great to share with parents as an activity they can do at home (e.g. share in a monthly newsletter or at a parent-teacher conference to integrate parents into the learning process).

(Note: As a classroom teacher, you do NOT need to purchase multiple licenses to distribute to your parents. I only ask that each teacher make the purchase once.)

Lesson Plan Questions: What can I do with all these paper scraps?

Objectives: The child will be able to...

- Ask questions about producing no waste
- Ask questions about using and valuing resources, particularly paper
- Use scrap paper to make new paper
- Experience and discuss the process of making paper from surplus scraps of paper
- Plan (and perhaps take) personally meaningful action to use the information to further personal priorities and goals

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