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Recycling Crayons

Lesson Description:
  • Collect, record, and interpret data using a variety of graphic representations.
  • Analyze collected data and draw logical conclusions.
  • 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.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
Initial lesson 30 minutes with ongoing time to recycle and ship crayons
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).

Mathematics Standard 2: Understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of numbers.
  • Benchmark # 3: Understand symbolic, concrete, and pictorial representations of numbers.
  • Benchmark # 4: Understand basic whole number relationships (e.g., 4 is less than ten).

Mathematics Standard 3: Uses basic and advanced procedures while performing the processes of computation.
  • Benchmark # 2: Solve real world problems involving addition and subtraction of whole numbers.

Mathematics Standard 6: Understand and apply the basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis.
  • Benchmark # 1: Collect and represent information about objects or events in simple graphs (e.g., tally charts, picture graphs, bar graphs).

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:
  • Old crayons
  • Containers to store recycled crayons
  • Packing and shipping material
  • Bar graph graphic organizer provided below
  • Crayon tally table provided below

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf recyclecrayonsgraph.pdf
Located in: Science | Math | Social Studies

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