Helping the Environment

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Students will be able to explain why recycling products or different materials benefit the environment.

Big Idea

Students will create posters with slogans to convince people to recycle their products and materials.


1 minutes

Warm Up

10 minutes

To begin the lesson, we will review the three practices that we discussed in the previous lesson, Technology to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We will review the informational resource  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I will ask students to think about how reducing, reusing, and recycling different materials and products benefits the environment. I will provide an opportunity for students to share their thinking.

We will review the informational resource, What Goes In the Recycling Bin? I will ask students to think pair share with a partner, which material or product do they believe gets recycled the most? Which product is the easiest to recycle and why? I am posing these questions to the students to activate their prior knowledge on recycling as well as to set the foundation for today's learning.



25 minutes

I will instruct the students to generate a list of the products that they use every day that are made from paper, aluminum, and glass. I will distribute a recording sheet to students to create their lists. As students are generating their lists, I will observe their writing and ask probing questions such as why the students believe they use particular products so often. Does this mean that these products are produced more than others or that they are recycled more? 

Students will be given the opportunity to view each other's lists to determine how much of each product is used on a daily basis. We will discuss the vast amounts of products used each day by not only ourselves by others in the community, in our country, and in the world. I will ask students to share why they think recycling these products are beneficial to our planet. 

I will show the students a picture of the poster, Waste Not Want Not. I will select students at random to share what they believe the message on the slogan on the poster is trying to relay to the audience. I will select students to share what they believe the poster and recycling have in common. I will encourage them to elaborate when making their connection to ensure that their response is clear and others understand their point.

I will inform the class that they will be creating their own posters to encourage other's to recycle because it does indeed benefit our community and our planet. I will share with students that their posters must include a slogan as the one presented to them. 

I will provide students with white poster paper and markers to create their posters.

Wrap Up

10 minutes

To conclude the lesson, students will be given the opportunity to share their posters and slogans. I will encourage them to explain their reasoning behind their posters as well as the images that were used in their posters. 

Once all the students have presented, I will ask students to share their thoughts on how we can make sure that the products we use live on through a recycled life.