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My Big Green Teacher Recycles

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.
  • Listen to gain knowledge and share information, perform a task, and converse with an adult or peer.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Science Standard 14: Understands how human actions modify the physical environment
  • Benchmark #1: Knows how people affect the environment in negative (e.g., litter, pollution) and positive (e.g., recycling, picking up litter) ways.

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).

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).

Materials Needed:
  • A copy of the book “My Big Green Teacher: Recycling” by Michelle Y. Glennon
  • Green teacher outfit (optional)
  • Sample not green lunch (paper bag, can or bottle, plastic wrap, foil, zip lock bag, etc.)
  • Sample green lunch (reusable lunch bag, thermos or reusable drink bottle, reusable containers, piece of fruit, etc.)
  • Chart paper
  • Pack Lunch provided worksheet

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Located in: Science | Language Arts

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