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Teacher Candidate: Alyssa Sedor & Erin Orth____ Date: 2/17/15______

Cooperating Teacher:
Coop. Initials
Group Size:


Allotted Time 25 Min Grade Level 3

Subject or Topic: Pollution: Recycling


Describe how waste is generated. Identify and propose a solution for a waste issue in the
school setting
I. Performance Objectives (Learning Outcomes):
A. The third grade students will recognize how waste is generated by sorting
through their classroom trash.
B. The third grade students will be able to propose a solution to generate less
trash in their classroom by sorting through the recyclable and unrecyclable
II. Instructional Materials
Trash or Recycle worksheet
Trash Piles
Classroom trash/recycling bins
Guided Notes
Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers book
Trash Law Worksheet
III. Subject Matter/Content (prerequisite skills, key vocabulary, big idea, outline of
additional content)
A. Prerequisite skills
1. Effect waste has on our environment
2. Pollution types (air, water, light) and its sources

B. Key Vocabulary
1. Waste: trash
2. Recycling: reusing materials found in waste
3. Landfill: disposal of waste that is buried between layers of dirt
4. Decompose: break down, rot
C. Big Idea
1. What can be recycled
D. Additional content
1. Why it is important to recycle
IV. Implementation
A. Introduction
1. Teacher will ask students what they already know about
a. What does it recycling mean?
b. Do they recycle in the classroom? At home?
c. What do they recycle?
d. What happens to the trash when they dont recycle?
2. Teacher will read Charlie and Lola book
3. Teacher will ask students questions about the text.
a. What did Charlie and Lola recycle in the book?
b. Why is it important to recycle?
c. What did they learn about recycling?
B. Development
1. Teacher will show video of what happens to the waste that goes
to a landfill and provide guided note (see attached).
2. Teacher will ask students if theres any way to reduce their
amount of waste.
a. Donate used clothes, shoes, and blankets
b. Recycle paper, plastic, tins
c. Use both sides of the paper (scrap paper)
d. Compost
3. Students will each be given a pile of trash (see attached).
4. Students are to separate their trash into the appropriate
sections on the worksheet (this will be used as formative
5. Teacher will walk around room and provide assistance when
6. Teacher will review the answers with students.
7. Teacher will place classroom trash and recycling bins in the
front of the room.
8. Teacher will ask if they students think they properly disposed
of their waste.
9. Teacher will lay all trash out on the table.

10. Students (while wearing gloves) will all take turns to throw the
garbage away in the correct bins.
C. Closure
1. Teacher and students will review what waste goes into which
2. Teacher will write up a list what waste goes in which bin and
post on the wall above the trash/recycling bins.
3. Students will hand in Trash or Recycle papers
4. Students will attach handouts into their science journals
D. Accommodations/Differentiation
1. Guided notes and detailed instudetion will be provided to all
2. To accommodate Johnny, a boy who is completely blind, his
materials will be provided in braille and tactually. A copy of the
Trash Laws will also be posted on the wall in Braille.
E. Assessment/Evaluation Plan
1. Formative
a. Trash or Recycle worksheet
b. Checklist for students who place waste in appropriate
2. Summative
a. Science journals will be collected at the end of the unit.

V. Reflective Response
A. Report of Student Performance in Terms of Stated Objectives (Reflection on
student performance written after lesson is taught, includes remediation for
students who fail to meet acceptable level of achievement)
Remediation Plan
B. Personal Reflection (Questions written before lesson is taught. Reflective
answers to question recorded after lesson is taught)
How can this lesson be improved?
Were the students able to identify the key vocabulary in this lesson?

VI. Resources (in APA format)

How to recycle:
Landfills Video:
Child, L. (2009). Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers. Dial Books.