Conservation, Disposal and Recycling
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.
The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures.
Recycling: Environmental Protection Agency (website) – Recycling creates valuable resources from materials that otherwise would become waste. This EPA website outlines the benefits to recycling, and explains the steps involved in the recycling process.
Reduce & Reuse: US Environmental Protection Agency (website) - By reducing consumption and reusing materials, individuals and industry can save natural resources and lower costs. Navigate this site for information about strategies we all can employ to conserve resources—and the benefits to be gained by doing so.
Graphing Trash Materials: Illuminations (website) – Students participate in activities that identify recyclable materials and develop plans to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Recycled Materials: Science NetLinks (website) - Students identify materials that can be recycled and find possible uses for recyclable materials.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Thirstin’s Wacky Water Adventures: US Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) - Information about water treatment and water as a natural resource that should be reused, recycled and conserved. Includes water trivia questions to spur conversation, student pages with puzzles, and more.
Waste Race: US Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) - Scroll to page 201 of this activity guide for instructions on setting up a relay race in which students demonstrate their understanding of the difference between reusable, recyclable, compostable and/or disposable waste.
Why Should I Recycle? Green, Jen (ISBN-13: 978-0764131554)
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down. Stille, Darlene (ISBN-13: 978-1404803459)
The Lorax. Dr. Seuss (ISBN-13: 978-0394823379)
Recycling Lessons and Activities for Students: Kitsap County (WA) Public Works (PDF) - Activities, suggested further reading, and vocabulary focusing on recycling/reuse, waste reduction, composting and more.
The Truth About Water: Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District ct (website) - Discuss the careful management and preservation of natural resources and the environment. Scroll down to find interesting “Q&A” facts that can assess your students’ understanding of conserving, recycling and reusing our natural resources.
Recycling: Energy Kids (website) - Students learn that different kinds of materials can be recycled, and that it takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than from new materials.