Looking for ideas about a thematic unit on recycling...

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  1. sandymandrake

    sandymandrake New Member

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    Hello... I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas about teaching a unit on recycling. This is new for me, so any information you have or books you could recommend would be helpful.

    Thank you,

    Sandy
     
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  3. treysmom

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    I printed an activities book from the internet. I looked for a web address, but I only found EPA-United States Environmental Protection Agency. I also came across a site (by accident) that had an "earth day bags" activity. We collected brown paper grocery sacks from the local grocery store. Each class in our school decorated-drew the earth, etc. and wrote a message about earth day/recycling, etc. We then returned them to the stores to be used. If you google "earth day activities" you should get lots of ideas.
     
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    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss...is a good book! lol my highschool ecology teacher made us read it. :D


    The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. ("It's a shirt. It's a sock. It's a glove. It's a hat.") As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax (who speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues") repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth (by the seat of his own furry pants), leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS." Thus, with his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.
     
  5. Historygeek

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    you should check out

    www.instructables.com

    for project ideas if you want the kids to do a project or craft
     
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    It is really fun to have a fashion show. The kids make outfits out of discarded items. You can do it up really big, or keep it simple. It is a riot.
     
  9. Lotte

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    Cheap and easy project:

    To find out why we recycle:
    You need: several jars, an apple, a sandwich, something plastic, paper, glass and metal.

    Leave each content in a separate jar.
    Leave content in the jars for å while, 2-3 weeks. Study every 2.-3. day and draw and write a little report about what they see.

    Can be extra interesting if the jars have soil in the bottom and if you put worms in the soil.
     

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