Reflection: Student Ownership Recycling in Our Classroom - Section 3: Activity


During this lesson, I really had to guide students towards the idea of setting up recycling tubs. I worried that I was doing the thinking because I basically had to outline that we needed a tub for plastics to recycle, a drawer to reuse paper for projects, and a tub for STEM lab materials. Part of learning is developing your own ideas - however, my students just weren't there yet with this lesson because they had big ideas, but needed a way to put them into practice. At the end of the lesson, I asked my students to explain to the class what they had made and how it was going to be used. In this video, I can really see that my two students 'owned' this experience and were really thinking through the purpose of the tub for the STEM lab! Even though I felt like I had to guide a lot during the activity phase, it paid off!

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Recycling in Our Classroom

Unit 6: Living Organisms - Stewardship
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT generate ideas for reducing, reusing, and recycling in our classroom.

Big Idea: Students design a system for reducing waste in our classroom.

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Science, recycling, First Grade, 1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering)., living organisms
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