Improving School Recycling
Subject: Language Arts, Science
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Students evaluate their school recycling programs and propose improvements.
define the word proposal.
study their school recycling program.
research ways to improve different aspects of the recycling program.
write a proposal highlighting suggested improvements.
work together in cooperative groups.
Earth Day, school, recycle, improvement, environment
student-researched library sources and/or online sources about recycling and recycling programs
pens or pencils
computer(s) with Internet access and a word processing program (optional)
This project should be completed over several lessons. The teacher decides the length of time needed to complete the project; the length of the project depends on the ages and abilities of the students.
Discuss the meaning of the word recycle. Ask students to discuss ways the school recycles materials.
Ask students whether they can improve the school recycling program.
Discuss the meaning of the word proposal. Tell students that they are going to write a proposal to improve the school recycling efforts.
Organize students into small groups. Assign each group one aspect of school recycling. One group might focus on plastic, another on glass, and another on paper.
Have each group research how the school recycles assigned material. Then have the groups use library and/or online sources to research new and/or different ways to recycle materials.
Have each group write up its research as a report. Let each group present the material to the class.
Have the class use the information from each group's research to write the recycling improvement proposal. Let the class present the completed proposal to the school administration.
Idea 1: For younger students: Have the class work together on the project. Let students focus on one aspect of recycling; for example, have the class write a proposal to improve the recycling of plastic materials at school.
Idea 2: Have students evaluate their community's recycling program.
Evaluate students' participation in the project.
Lesson Plan Source