Clean Ocean Action

Recycling Lessons & Activities

"Reuse It or Lose It" from the University of Northern Iowa

  • Grades 5-8
  • Series of 4 lessons
  • Students learn about different waste management options and how each relates to saving energy and resources.
  • Students learn about the importance of recycling paper and learn how to make their own paper.
  • Students investigate the biodegradability of packaging materials.

"Recycling” by Michael Harris, Lesson Plan #AELP-ENV0018

  • Grades 5-8
  • Students learn the economic and ecological importance of recycling.
  • Students identify garbage that can be recycled.
  • Students research the costs of waste disposal and recycling.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by Marva Ledwith

  • Grades 4-6
  • Students list items that can be reduced, reused or recycled.
  • Students make a personal action plan to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Students discuss how reducing, reusing and recycling affects our environment.

"Garbage Pizza" from "Waste in Place" curriculum by Keep America Beautiful

  • Grades K-8
  • Students construct a three-dimensional pizza which represents all of the waste thrown away in the United States, with a slice for each waste category.
  • Students discuss alternatives for current waste disposal methods.
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