If you are looking to celebrate Earth Day in you classroom or just focus on the benefits of recycling, take a look at our project idea below!
We had fun putting together an engaging project involving reusing and recycling and paired it was some chalkboard signs for your classroom.
When we originally wrote this post, we had our kids watch an Amazon movie called Annedroids because it went with the theme of what we were trying to help them understand about reusing and recycling. Whether or not your students watch this video these resources can be used!
Chalkboard Printables We created these chalkboard printables for our viewing party. However, we see them being used in the classroom to decorate for Earth Day (or any other time of year!)
The activities we put together are designed to be used at home for your own kids or for your classroom.
We started by doing a quick recycling sort. Kids were given a table of recyclables and given the time to work together to sort into plastic, glass and paper. This was a task that was fairly simple and a good warm-up.
We then got kids thinking by encouraging them to share ways they could reuse some of the items instead of recycling. Kids are creative and always come up with great ideas.
After our sort, we had the kids use our collection to begin building their very own android, to go along with the theme of the video. If your students don’t have the opportunity to view the video, you can have them create robots or anything else their imaginations see fit.
As expected, our kids got adventurous with their creations. To incorporate writing into the process, we created a printable that asks students to draw their android, name it and share what it does. My Android Printable
Recycle, Compost, Reuse Card Sort As an extension, we created a card sort. These cards are designed to be sorted into the categories recycle, compost and reuse. This can be an easy morning center after you have completed the other activities in the room.
How will you celebrate Earth Day in your classroom? Share your ideas below!
You might want to check out Annedroids on Amazon. It is so hard to find a show that we approve of as moms, find educational AND is engaging for children! This is it. We invited a few neighborhood kids and turned it into a themed party. In the show, a 12-year-old scientist, Annie, builds androids out of items in her junkyard. Not only does the show encourage children to think outside the box about scientific problems, it also hits upon reusing and recycling items to create something new.
We are sure you will love this show as much as we do (and our kids) check it out here: http://clvr.li/1AMzFar. Teachers – we feel that this would be an amazing show to add to your video list. We always liked having an educational show available for indoor recess or as a lunch reward for students. This show now tops our list! Not only does it highlight a female scientist, it also spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) can inspire children to do great things.