Going Green | Recycling | Reuse

# Going Green!

A unit for Earth Day

Created by:

R achelle

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Book List for Earth Day and Going Green!

Reduce,

Reuse, & Recycle

Start the unit by reading the book: Our Class is Going Green by Mrs. Nickels’ Kindergarten Class View the video http://www.brainpopjr.com/science/conservation/reducereuserecycle/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYZBhkWSsIY&feature=player_embedded - at=22

Make 3 charts in your classroom {Reduce, Reuse, Recyclechart titles are included on the next page}. List ideas on how to do each of the items. All week, add to the chart as you learn new ways to help the Earth. Complete reduce, reuse, recycle recording sheet.

Reduce

Recycle

Reuse

Reduce,
I can reduce by:_____________________________
________________________________________________ ________________________________________________

Reuse, & Recycle

I can reuse by:______________________________
_______________________________________________ ______________________________________________

I can recycle by:____________________________
_______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

Name__________________________________________

I can Recycle!
Make a list of items you can recycle

1.______________________ 2.______________________ 3.______________________ 4.______________________

5.______________________ 6.______________________ 7.______________________ 8.______________________

Name_______________________

l can reuse!
Make a list of items you can reuse

1.______________________ 2.______________________ 3.______________________

4.______________________ 5.______________________ 6.______________________

Name_________________________

I can reduce!
Make a list of things you can reduce

1.______________________ 2.______________________ 3.______________________

4.______________________ 5.______________________ 6.______________________

Name_________________________

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Center

Directions:

Copy each mat on cardstock (reduce, reuse, recycle) and laminate. The students will sort each picture onto the correct mat. Then, the students will record their answers. one category.

Copy the pictures onto cardstock, cut out individually and laminate.

*Please note that most of the items can be used for more than

Reduce

Reuse

Recycle

Name________________________________

Math Word Problems
{cut each out and put in math journal- draw a picture and solve the problem}

There were 10 trees in the forest that were cut down. 9 more trees were cut down. How many trees were cut down in all? Mrs. Smith recycled 3 glass bottles, 2 paper towels, and 4 milk cartons. How many items did she recycle in all?

I started watering my grass at 2:00 and I watered for 2 hours. What time did I finish watering my grass?

Jenn had 10 napkins. She used 4 and recycled them. How many napkins did she have left?

Center or Word Work activity For the Teacher: Laminate and cut out the 2 recycling bins and the sentence/not sentence cards. Students will sort each card (either a sentence or not a sentence) onto the correct recycling can. Then the students will write down only 3 of sentences and 3 of the non- sentences. Example: *I like to play in the white snow. (sentence) *the dog is a (not a sentence)

The man is in the car.

Can we go to the

time to play at the.

What time is it?

he will not want a.

She is seven years old.

today they like

Do you like dogs?

Will she go to the?

You are a good friend.
I like school.

The dog is black and. When will they want

I can write 3 of the sentences:

1.////////////////////////////////////// 2.////////////////////////////////////// 3.//////////////////////////////////////
I can write 3 of the non-sentences.

1.////////////////////////////////////// 2.////////////////////////////////////// 3.//////////////////////////////////////
Name____________________________________

The Lorax Lesson
Read the book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss or Watch the video for free: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6650219631867189375 Talk about the ways that the Once-ler did not take care of the land of the Lorax. List the ways on a chart {I use a chart in the shape of a Truffula tree}. Tell the students they will write about one way that the Once-ler did not take care of the land of the Lorax and how they would take care of it.

Listen to the song: What a Wonderful World by Lois Armstrong After listening to the song a few times, the students will paint a water color picture using some of the phrases of the song. {you can brainstorm some ideas on the board}

What a Wonderful World!

idea by Chanty at {theteachingbug.blogspot.com}

What a Wonderful World!
Lyrics
I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom, for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world I see skies of blue, and clouds of white The bright blessed day, dark sacred night And I think to myself What a wonderful world The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces, of people going by I see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?" They're really sayin', "I love you" I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow They'll learn much more, than I'll ever know And I think to myself What a wonderful world Yes, I think to myself What a wonderful world Oh yeah

Recycled Art
For the Teacher: As your lunch staff or parents to save the tin foil they use for a week (have them rinse it off each day) and any cardboard boxes they have (you really only need about one large box). *Cut pieces of cardboard into 4X4 squares *Cut pieces of tin foil into 8X5 The students will make a human sculpture using tin foil. The students need to cut slits into the tin foil first (for younger grades, cut for the students).
Cut one slit on the bottom of the tin foil (to about ½ the way up). This slit will give you legs. One leg on the left, one leg on the right.  Cut 2 slits on the right side of the tin foil and 2 slits on the left side. These slits will be for both arms. The top piece of tin foil will be for the head. 

Show the students how to form the tin foil for each body part {legs, torso, arms, neck, head} They can have their sculpture sit however they want (kneeling, arms up, legs out, squatting, etc.). Hot glue the sculpture on the cardboard square to act as a stand.

Dear Mother Earth
Read the book: The Earth and I by Frank Asch
Talk about the term “Mother Earth”. Ask the students why they think we sometimes call the Earth, Mother Earth. Have the students write a letter to Mother Earth. The students can ask her questions and tell her about how they plan to keep her safe and clean.

Air Pollution Experiment
Watch the video on Brain Pop: {you can get a free 5 day trial membership) http://www.brainpop.com/science/ourfragileenvironment/airpollution/ Talk about different causes of pollution and how that can affect the world (lungs, water, sight, animals) Supplies:

(www.ehow.com)

Poems

AND

Songs

for earth day
(WWW.CANTEACH.CA) *USE THESE POEMS/SONGS TO TEACH ABOUT EARTH DAY AND GOING GREEN. *PUT IN A POCKET CHART AS A WORD WORK ACTIVITY. *HAVE THE STUDENTS WRITE THE POEM AND ILLUSTRATE IT IN A CENTER. *COPY THE POEM ON 11X17 PAPER AND CIRCLE ALL OF THE VOCUBALARY WORDS WITH WIKKI STIX. *FIND SPELLING WORDS IN THE POEMS/SONGS *READ THE POEM INTO A WHISPER PHONE *READ THE POEM TO A PARTNER *MAKE UP ACTIONS TO GO WITH THE POEM AND PREFORM FOR THE CLASS *TURN THE POEM INTO A READERS THEATRE

Set up your own recycling project in your classroom. Set up 4 bins in your classroom (glass, paper, aluminum, and plastic). Practice first by sorting those items at the beginning of your unit. Bring in glass, paper, aluminum, and plastic and have your students practice sorting into the bins. Talk to your local recycling facility about coming in to talk to your class about recycling.

Our classroom cares

Going Green
Word search
e a r s s e y p n s r e d u c e y s n r h s r r g
plastic paper green glass

r g k o f p o p

e l t n g r i a

b m l v p e s x

e q k e b v c d

w c i t s a l p
reduce reuse recycle Conserve

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Name________________________________________________________