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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of Recycling. Please read our disclaimer.

Access Excellence
  • Ecology of the Dump Three activities concerning solid waste management. One lasts one week, another several months, and there is a follow up activity suitble for both.
  • Waste Management There are four activities in this teaching unit in which students investigate household trash, biodegradability, packaging, and recycling.

Ask Eric Lesson Plans - Pollution and Recycling
This lesson focuses on three types of pollution and how students can work together to cycle..

Composting in Schools
Menu selections include: Why Composting? Teacher's Page (lesson plans, activities, teacher forum); Ideas for Student Research Projects; Compost Quiz; Science and Engineering (explaining the science and engineering behind composting; includes experiments); Composting Indoors; Composting Outdoors; Weird and Unusual Composting; and, Frequently Asked Questions.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Theme Page
This CLN theme page has resources for both students and teachers on the topic of hazardous waste disposal. Many of these will provide background information that will be useful to students researching recycling issues.

[The] Imagination Factory
You'll find creative ways to recycle by engaging your students in art projects/activities that make use of a ready source of inexpensive art supplies - namely your trash. Be sure to look in their "Previous Art Activities" for an archive of their suggestions - organized into 10 categories: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Holidays, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Collage, Marbling, General Information, and Crafts.

Lesson Plans
Eleven lesson plans in recycling for students in grades 1-7 from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). In addition, there are three lessons on composting from the Texas A&M University.

Instructions for an educational card game for students aged 8 - 12 in which they become familiarized with the various recyclable items that are normally discarded in the garbage.

Recycling Lesson Plans
Eight lesson plans for students in K-12 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. They illustrate a variety of recycling concepts, including the creation and collection of waste, developing attitudes against littering, recycling as an alternative to disposal, and learning about the costs of disposal.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The main objective of this teaching unit is to change students' personal behavior through awareness. The lesson plan includes helpful background information, links to resources, student activities, and lecture notes. Grades 1 - 12.

Everything you wanted to know about composting. Check out their "Teacher Resources" for student handouts, activities, and other resources.

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has a few lessons on recycling in their section on Environmental Studies and Ecology. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

Solid Waste and Recycling
A five lesson unit plan by Bernita Robinson. There are activities/lessons focused on litter, paper recycling, solid waste, canned pencils, and plain plane.

Throwing It All Away
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article as a starting point to "investigate what happens to commonly used items and products once they are thrown away or sent to be recycled, analyzing and understanding the relationship between a product's ingredients and its effects on the environment and on the health of the living things on Earth."

To Recycle or Not To Recycle
In this webquest, elementary students conduct research on the pros and cons of a mandatory recycling program and present their views to other members of a committee.

SimpleHuman Trash Cans
Site reviewing the best trash cans you can buy.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
This comprehensive site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resources targeted for both students and teachers.
  • [The] Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste Practical steps that families can take to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage.
  • HAZ-ED: Classroom Activities for Understanding Hazardous Waste Teacher resources include downloadable PDF files that offer warm up exercises, activities, fact flashes, and a glossary.
  • Recycle City Students learn about the three R's by touring various sections of "Recycle City" and seeing how the various organizations and citizens reduce, reuse, and recyle. There's also a "Dumptown game" where students can play the role of a city manager who has been hired to start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste all the while remaining within a budget of course. An Activities section contains suggestions for using the site within the classroom.
  • Wastes: Kids Page Online activities for students.
  • Waste No Words A crossword puzzle activity.

Water Recycling
Learn how waste water in North Carolina is purified by recycling it a natural way.

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