1. We begin this program by brainstorming items we throw away every day.
2. We identify and count the items in a Happy Meal. Students participate in keeping a tally.
3. We predict how many pieces of trash there are in one Happy Meal
4. We carefully dissect a real Happy Meal and tally the food items vs the trash items. We discuss this amazing result and then use math to calculate the number of trash items that their entire class or grade level would generate!
5. Students learn the terms and sign language for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," Then they will apply these terms to items in their classroom. We discuss how the students are already practicing the Three R's, and how they can they take even more actions to reduce, reuse and recycle their trash.
6. Then we show what happens to trash that is not recycled and how it will "sit" for a VERY long time in a landfill or trash dump.
7. After participating in a short story, students use their art skills to decorate a brown paper lunch bag to turn it into a "Trash Troll" litter bag to keep in their family car.
8. We review with a "Call to Action" and review our sign language for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
-show our sign language to a friend
-understand and define vocabulary terms: litter, reduce, reuse, recycle
-be able to name definite actions that they themselves can take in order to reduce, reuse, recycle
-understand the detrimental effects of litter on our environment
-be able to make a positive decision regarding trash disposal
-develop an appreciation for the problems that local littering causes
-engage in activities of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in the student's own life
Standards for Earth Day program
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
"Understand and communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air and living things in our local and global environments."
Valerie will identify your state standards if you would like. Just let her know!