Conservation, Disposal and Recycling
The student is expected to make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials.
The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations, following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
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.
In Search of Recyclable Plastic: Wonderville (website) - Students collect and list plastic items from home, learn how to recycle different types of plastic, and become able to make informed choices regarding conservation and proper disposal of recyclable materials.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Recycling: Discovery Education (website) - Students learn what biodegradable materials are, how they compare to man-made materials, and how they are “friendly” to the environment.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Trash Art: US Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) - Scroll to page 59 for an activity that raises student awareness of the materials they throw away. With assistance from their parents, students collect trash from home, along with images of disposable garbage to create murals that illustrate how much we routinely waste.
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.