I Can Make a Difference!

The goal of these lessons are to raise student awareness about their responsibility to learn and share with others the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. Lessons emphasize what they are already learning in science and support the NGSS using performance expectation 5-ESS3-1, “Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect Earth’s resources and environment.”


Lesson choices are as follows:

All grades:

February Challenge: How to get Plastic out of your life
1. Watch the google slide show entitled, “How to get plastic out of your life”
2. Write a persuasive letter explaining why we should use re-usable silverware instead of sporks in our schools.

Middle School Challenge–Due January 29th by 4:00 p.m.

January Challenge: Reduce your waste
1. Watch the YouTube video: Take out creates a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to.

2. Complete this worksheet.


Middle School Challenge–Due December 18th by 4:00 p.m.

December Challenge: What can be composted?”

1. Watch the google slide presentation: “Time to start composting! How do I do it?” (6 slides)
2. Make a list of what can and cannot be composted from your kitchen, post it to your refrigerator (or somewhere where everyone can see it)
3. Take a picture of your list and email it to:

Middle School Challenge–Due November 30th by 4:00 p.m.
November Challenge: What is composting and why do it?
1. Pre-test
2. Google Slide presentation
3. Post-test
4. Contest project

Middle School Challenge–Due October 30th by 4:00 pm
October Challenge: Eat Smart, Waste Less Contest

Poster Contests
Waste Audit: Email Cathy Bechen if you would like a classroom or school waste audit performed.
Recycle it Right! is a team-based activity where students sort their box of items into categories to be recycled or thrown away. Includes links to on-line practice sites for elementary grades. Background resources for teachers included
Earth Day Activity Ideas

Available lessons/projects:

5th grade:

1. Make your own water filter-45-50 minutes
2. How can you protect the environment-50-60 minutes

4th grade:

3rd grade:
1. Recycled Art: Students will use something considered trash to create something new

2. Make a visual recycling guide
Poster and magazines/images provided, 30 minutes

2nd grade:
1, Vermicomposting: Students learn about red wiggler worms and worm bin ecosystems and how these can help with waste reduction goals.
This is not a lesson or presentation, simply sign up and  the materials will be delivered to you.

2. Design/decorate used paper bags and donate to stores to be re-used
Class collects bags from home, then coordinator brings in materials for them to decorate and then drops them off at stores to be re-used. (30 minutes)

1st grade:
Be a Monster Re-user-reusable water bottle project
The coordinator will come in the fall with Red Rex to do a 20 minute presentation and hand out re-usable water bottles to your class.