Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green

Educate students about the many ways they can reduce their impact on the environment. The activities in this slideshow will encourage students to consider how they can go green in their classroom and at home. You'll find the perfect activity to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15). From creating a school compost bin to designing a home recycling center, students will learn a variety of methods for conserving natural resources, reducing waste, reusing trash, and recycling materials. Check out our article on Green Classroom Practices That Save Money to learn more.
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Introduce your students to a lab that evaluates a student's ability to develop a classification system for trash, to measure an amount of trash, and to determine the reusability of trash. Materials list, set-up instructions, and evaluation guide are included.
Students can use this graphic organizer to list or draw current recycling programs in the classroom, as well as to brainstorm future ideas. This printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.
Students explore and experiment with composting, and learn how garbage can be used to renew soil.
Students follow these instructions to create recycled paper.
Follow these instructions to build simple birdhouses out of recycled materials.
Use a printable that contains some simple ideas for how kids can help protect the environment.
Use these activities to encourage your students to learn about and practice recycling in their community.
Students classify common examples of solid wastes and identify disposal methods. Assesses students' understanding of concepts relating to recycling, composting, hazardous wastes, and sanitary and secure landfills. Scoring rubric and background notes included.
Challenge your students to think about alternate uses for commonly discarded items.
These experiments provide a hands-on learning experience that will help students fully understand the concepts "biodegradable" and "energy-efficient."
Students find a way to reuse a container in this printable activity. Discussing recycling is a great way to spend Earth Day (April 22), America Recycles Day (November 15), or a unit on global warming and the environment.
After reading The Dumpster Diver, use this activity guide to discuss recycling and brainstorm creative ways to reuse items with your class. These resources will help you teach students about the environment and encourage them to follow the 3 R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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