Reducing Trash, Litter & Waste
- Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Landfills are the most common form of waste disposal and are an important component of an integrated waste-management system. Combustion, or trash incineration, is another common method of waste disposal. Teach students the basics of these two forms of garbage removal using this packet of activities, a perfect supplement to your environmental studies unit.
- Case of the Broken Loop
Students are the detectives in the Case of the Broken Loop, an activity about reducing waste and conserving resources. This fun lesson will make a great contribution to your efforts to teach environmentalism in the classroom. Included are a word search, crossword, scramble, and more!
- Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Educate students about ways they can go green. The activities in this slideshow will help you teach students how to reduce waste, reuse resources, and recycle materials in their classroom and at home.
- Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Go green in your classroom with environmentally friendly tips that will save you and your school district money! Learn how your class can conserve energy, reduce waste, and reuse and recycle materials in your school. You'll find the perfect activity to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22).
Recycling Tips & Tricks
- The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
People know that the "three Rs" stand for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But do you know how to put these concepts into action? Teach your students how to be a little "greener" and help the environment with a few simple lifestyle changes.
- Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Your students probably already know the basics of recycling and why it is important. This printable unit focuses on collecting, processing, manufacturing, and purchasing recycled products to ensure the overall success and value of recycling. Recycling is a vital part of being environmentally responsible and living a "greener" lifestyle!
- Recycling Study Guide
This printable guide to recycling and reducing waste in the environment includes an overview of solid waste and recycling, a glossary, suggested activities, and a list of resources. Activities focus on minimizing waste, conserving resources, and recycling and reusing products. You'll find the perfect project to include in your unit on being environmentally conscious and living "green."
- Human Disasters: A Timeline of Earth-Altering Accidents
Students must research infamous earth-altering disasters then fill in the timeline provided in order to better understand how some human accidents can be hugely detrimental to the environment. They will complete a longer research project on one of the events. Additionally, you can discuss why the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should be added to this list. Use the reference material on Infoplease to help with your own research.
- Investigate Activity: Investigating Air Pollution
Students make a model air pollution detector using string and petroleum jelly, then use it to check pollution levels in different locations. Materials list, rubric, worksheets, and answer key are provided.
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- Buy Nothing Day
Celebrate Buy Nothing Day (each November) by abstaining from purchasing any product of any kind! Students will reflect upon the ideas of advertising, consumption, and waste, then they will write about their experiences buying nothing for a day.
- Source Reduction Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Source reduction, also known as waste prevention, is the practice of designing, manufacturing, purchasing, or using materials (such as products and packaging) in ways that reduce the amount or toxicity of waste. Use this printable packet of activities to help your students put this concept into practice.
- Products Unit: Activities on the Product Life Cycle & Use
By understanding a product's life cycle – the development, use, and disposal of a product – people can make better decisions about what products to buy and how to use them wisely. This activity guide about products will help teach the concept of responsible product purchasing and use to students.
- Ways to Help the Environment
Students use this graphic organizer to list ways to help the environment, including the air, land, and water. This printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.
- Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
Quiz your students on energy, renewable resources, water pollution, and more issues related to our environment. This printable activity is a great supplement to a classroom unit on "going green!"
- Nature Romp
Students will take a nature walk, make observations, and collect natural objects for an art activity that will help them gain a greater appreciation for the environment. This is a perfect activity for Earth Day, or any other time of the year!
Making Your School a Greener Place
- Make a Difference in Your School
Celebrate Make a Difference Day! Put your focus on improving your school grounds by picking up trash, planting trees, organizing a recycling program, and more. This how-to guide for teaching resource conservation and waste reduction is a fantastic reference for a classroom unit on helping the environment and living a "green" lifestyle!
- Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
In addition to global warming, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, and rising temperatures are covered in this printable quiz. Find out how much your students know about this serious environmental issue.
- What Are Local Climates?
As students answer the questions in this Earth science printable, they will consider factors that can affect local climates, microclimates, and global warming.