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Reduce Reuse Recycled City Art Craft Project (Fun Classroom Community Building)

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PreK - 10th, Homeschool
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This fun reduce reuse recycle activity works wonders as a classroom community building activity for back to school season. The students work as a team to make a community using recycled materials, and more importantly, they come up with ideas of what makes their new community unique and special.

* Appropriate for distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are welcome to share this resource online with parents and students for remote learning *

►Individual Earth Day Craftivity

I've used this earth day printable as an individual craft project just to make a tower or home using the doors and windows templates. Younger grades love making a simple tower or house craft with that they can take home (this earth day craft is the perfect "junk modeling activity", as we call it in the UK).

Take this the best of your recycling activities by turning it into a team building project that brings your students ideas together:

►Classroom Community Building Activities

Each student makes one or more community buildings of their choice so they all contribute to make one community, as a group. Depending on the size of your class, you can build a big recycling city or split into teams and make a smaller eco-friendly town or eco-conscious village.

Print the community signs for the buildings (included in this resource) and put them in a bowl so each student gets assigned a random community building.

As part of the community creating process, the class (or teams) can have a group discussion about how the community is comprised and what its characteristics are.  What makes their community unique?

The sky is the limit; you can make this as simple or as complicated as necessary.

Below are some thought starters to get the conversation going (these are included in the product). You can ask your students what other questions can be asked or issues that need to be addressed when building a town from scratch. 

There are simple questions for younger students and more advanced questions suitable for older students if you want to make this into a geography oriented group project.

Simple questions

Suitable for Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms

What is the name of your town?

How old is the town? 
Does it have an emblem or flag? (this could be then created together)What is the town's nickname?
What is the official language(s)?
Does your town have an annual festival? If so what is it called?
What are the town's values?
Where is the town located in the world?

Advanced questions

Suitable for higher grades in Elementary, Middle School and High School

What is the town's motto (in Latin and English)?
What is the town's tourism slogan?
What is your town doing to address climate change?
How is your town becoming more sustainable?
What recycling measures does your town have in place?
How many languages are spoken in the town? and what are they?
What is the biggest second language in the town?
Is there a mayor? How are they elected?Does the town have a government? What is its structure?
What are the town's community standards?

Is there any wildlife in/near your town?
What is the town's geographic climate?
What is the population?

Does the town have any rules/laws? are there any unique laws?

What rights do the citizens of the town have?
Does the town have any markets?
Does the town have any cultural attractions and/or museums?
Why do people like to visit this town?
Does the town have any sports teams?
Does your town have any religious buildings (church/mosque/synagogue)?
Does the town have any influences from other countries?

Does your town have any UNESCO world heritage sites?

What are the town's main issues? How are these being addressed?


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  • 50+ unique designs of windows and doors
  • 20+ community buildings signs
  • 15 road signs
  • Lined roads template
  • Instructions PDF
  • Simple and Advanced questions page

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. Examples of solutions could include designing an earthquake resistant building and improving monitoring of volcanic activity. Assessment is limited to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.
Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.
Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. Examples of solutions could include different designs of dikes and windbreaks to hold back wind and water, and different designs for using shrubs, grass, and trees to hold back the land.
Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. Examples of human impact on the land could include cutting trees to produce paper and using resources to produce bottles. Examples of solutions could include reusing paper and recycling cans and bottles.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).


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