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We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers

Lesson Description:
  • Explain the need to reduce the amount of trash they generate, and describe ways in which they can make changes in their actions to support waste reduction
  • Collect, record, and interpret data using a variety of graphic representations.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
50 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know that man-made materials, products and systems can affect the environment adversely, yet there are things that can be done to circumvent this process (e.g., disposing of waste properly, reusing objects, recycling, reducing the amount of trash created, composting, shopping green, buying in bulk).

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
  • Benchmark # 1: Make contributions in class and group discussions.
  • Benchmark # 2: Ask and respond to questions.
  • Benchmark # 5: Use grade level appropriate vocabulary in speech (e.g., terms related to waste reduction and recycling).

Materials Needed:
  • Provided Recycling Worksheet (on PDF below)
  • Provided tally and calendar sheet tally sheet up to 100 and two week calendar (on PDF below)
  • Provided Recycling t-shirt template with blank lines at bottom (on PDF below)
  • A copy of “Charlie and Lola, We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers” by Lauren Child and Bridget Hurst

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf charlie-and-lola-ngw.pdf

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