Reflection: Student Ownership Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Section 4: Explore


Making Students Active Problem Solvers 

For this lesson it is important to allow students to search for their own ideas on how to reuse items to create something new as opposed to giving them directions on how to create something.  Allowing them to create something of their own choice encourages their problem solving skills and allows them to take ownership in the product they create.  They may also come up with ideas that you had not thought of and that may be more practical for kids their age.  For example, one group I had created a jump rope from plastic bags which is something I would not have ever thought of.  

In order to help students be successful in being active problem solvers, it is important to have technology available to them for searching for ideas.  I have 3 student computers available in my room but I know that three is not enough so I also have laptops and an iPad.   Having a variety of technology is beneficial because it allows them to practice with different types which will help them in the future.  

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Unit 5: Earth and Human Activity
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT create a product by reusing a common household item such as paper towel rolls, newspaper, or plastic bags.

Big Idea: Students identify ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle products, then work in teams to develop a product by reusing common household items.

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Science, Conservation of Energy, Renewable Energy, earth, recycling, community, pollution, resources
  60 minutes
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