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Lesson 3: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

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Author:Sandy Armstrong
System: Muscle Shoals City
School: Muscle Shoals City Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 35450

Title:

Lesson 3: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Overview/Annotation:

This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the EnvironmentIn this lesson, students will participate in creating a recycle drive for a classroom project. Students will create the notification for parents for the recycle drive to help collect items to be recycled. Students will decide by voting on which items they will recycle. Students will bring recyclable items to the classroom for the project. Recyclable materials will be sorted, weighed, and graphed to compare the different items.

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (K)
4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. [K-CC4]
a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. [K-CC4a]
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted. [K-CC4b]
c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. [K-CC4c]
MA2015 (K)
14. Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [K-MD1]
MA2015 (K)
16. Classify objects into given categories; count the number of objects in each category, and sort the categories by count. (Limit category counts to be less than or equal to 10.) [K-MD3]
ELA2015 (K)
25. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative or explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. [W.K.2]
ELA2015 (K)
31. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]
a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]
b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]
SC2015 (K)
6. Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify materials that are recyclable. 

Students will work in groups to plan a classroom recycle drive.

Students will sort and weigh recyclable items.

Students will write about and illustrate three different events from the classroom recycle project.

Students will evaluate the project to find ways to improve it.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

I can name three different items that are recyclable.

I can participate with a group to develop a recycle drive for my classroom.

I can sort recyclable materials.

I can weigh recyclable materials.

I can write and illustrate about three different events from the classroom recycle project.

I can evaluate the recycle project to find ways to improve it.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Teacher Materials

Chart paper 

Marker

Video Clips

-"Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1l8HXa3HLk

-"Kid Vision Pre-K Recycling Field Trip" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jAAux3g17k

Baskets labeled with names of recycled materials  (for voting) 

ChatterPix app

Seesaw app

Rules and Procedures Checklist for working in Small Group

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n1s9-9_qncLuRfmnuOTaW0ZMA9vbOuvJGwpR6djlMIU/edit?usp=sharing

Checklist for Writing about Recycle Project

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LO8cyGvaNoE-qh0kLQBD1R6FPH1zHPmxu3rhlgMYnY8/edit?usp=sharing

Recycle Student Worksheet/Graph

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ehn36Naerp20iRerxPtyi5mAXnMtoMNHCVlK1KbUG_4/edit?usp=sharing

Student Participation in Recycle Project

https://docs.google.com/document/d/152CeAx-50JCjO30z034OgfAJGypLnjloeyPAfzG__80/edit?usp=sharing

Kahoot Quiz

https://create.kahoot.it/create#/edit/a4dd9dfb-a24b-4704-a028-972121ea249f/done

Student Materials 

2 popsicle sticks per student for voting  

Paper for writing notification for parents

Paper and tape for signs for classroom 

Paper, glue, and tape for decorating and labeling the recycle bins

recycle bins (cardboard box, plastic box) 

Scale

Chart paper with graph for sorting and weighing results

ChatterPix app

Seesaw app

Paper for writing three events from the classroom recycle project

Crayons, markers, or colored pencils for writing and illustrations

Technology Resources Needed:

iPad or iPhone will be used with ChatterPix and Seesaw apps. This device will be used to take a picture of the notification drawings by the students and to record the students saying the notification. The pictures and recordings will be completed in the ChatterPix app. The video can be saved to the camera roll and uploaded to the Seesaw app for parent viewing. The teacher or the students can easily use these apps.  It can be the teacher's preference on who uses the device for these apps. 

To download the ChatterPix app: on an iPad or iPhone go to the app store, search for ChatterPix app, then download the ChatterPix app to the device.

ChatterPix has a tutorial at the beginning of the app.

To download the Seesaw app: On an iPad or iPhone go to the app store, search for the Seesaw app, then download the Seesaw app to the device.

Seesaw has getting started tips and tutorial videos.

Interactive whiteboard with projector and sound capabilities for watching videos

Interactive whiteboard for students to view the quiz for playing Kahoot. 

iPads or Chromebooks will be needed for students to play the Kahoot quiz.  If the teacher only has access to a few devices, students can play in small groups. 

Background/Preparation:

The students should know recycling can lessen the human impact on the environment.

The teacher will need to upload the ChatterPix and Seesaw app to an iPad or iPhone.

The teacher will need to create an account in Seesaw.  

The teacher will need to add students and create a class within their account.

The teacher will need to send parents directions for being added to the class account.  

The students and teachers should know the procedures for using the ChatterPix and Seesaw apps.

The students should know the rules/procedures for turn and talk, such as: sit criss-cross, eye to eye, one friend talks and one friend listens, and switch.

The students should know the rules and procedures for working together in small groups, such as: get along, respect others ideas, on task, use a quiet voice, stay in your group, and participate.

The students should know the rules and procedures for playing Kahoot.

For the Kahoot quiz, the teacher will go to the Kahoot website and create an account. The teacher will need to access the quiz using this link: https://create.kahoot.it/create#/edit/a4dd9dfb-a24b-4704-a028-972121ea249f/done. The students will need to go to Kahoot.it to play the quiz. The students will enter the game number from the recycle quiz that the teacher has on the interactive whiteboard. The students will enter their name to be in the quiz for playing. The teacher will start the quiz. The students will choose the correct answers on the quiz in a multiple choice format. At the end of the quiz, a winner will be shown on the teacher's screen. Students will be able to rate the quiz at the end.

Prior to beginning the lesson, the teacher should make previous arrangements for items to picked up by a parent and taken to recycle company. Alternatively, items could be placed in school recycling bins, if available.

 

  Procedures/Activities: 

Day One: 45 minutes

Before Strategy

As students watch the videos "Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled" and "Kid Vision Pre-K Recycling Field Trip", ask them to think about the answer to this question: "What materials can be recycled?" After the video, students should turn and talk to a partner about different recyclable materials and ways the materials were recycled. From student responses, the teacher should create a list of the different recycled materials (ex. plastic, paper, aluminum). Discuss with students that the class will be creating a recycle drive for their classroom. From the list, label baskets with the names of the recyclable materials. Give each student two popsicle sticks for voting on two of the recycled materials. Count the votes for each material. The two recyclable materials with the greatest number will be the materials selected to recycle for the classroom project.  

During Strategy

Discuss the different responsibilities to start the classroom recycle drive (notifying parents to help send recycle materials, signs in the classroom to promote the drive and decorating, and labeling the recycle bins for the materials). 

Divide students into three groups to work together on notifying parents to help send recyclable materials, signs in the classroom to promote the drive, and decorating and labeling the recycle bins for the materials. The teacher can divide the students into these groups by student interest. The teacher can give the students choice of which group. Before allowing students to choose their group, the teacher should describe each group to the students. The teacher would also need to set a number of students for each group, so that each group is evenly proportioned with students.

Group One - Notifying Parents

Students write and illustrate a notification to parents about their recycle drive. The note should include dates to bring items, type of recyclable items to be sent, and the reason for items to be sent (class recycling project). Students use their writing to record the notification in the ChatterPix app. Students will use their illustrations for the picture in the ChatterPix app and upload to the Seesaw app. (ChatterPix - take the picture, draw a line on the picture, record the message/notification, save in camera roll. Seesaw - plus sign to add a notification, a choice menu will be shown, choose from camera roll, check by everyone to send to everyone in class, plus sign to upload.)

If the ChatterPix and Seesaw apps are not available for the teacher, students can take the notification notes/drawings home to share with parents.

Group Two - Signs in the Classroom to Promote Recycling Drive

Students create signs with illustrations to promote students bringing recyclable materials.  Students will hang the signs around the classroom.

Group Three - Labels and Signs to Decorate Recycle Bins

Students draw pictures and label the recycle bins.

After Strategy- Sharing

Each group will share their group projects with the rest of the class: ChatterPix notifications, Signs to Promote Recycling Posted Around the Classroom, and Labeled and Decorated Recycle Bins.

Students will play Kahoot Quiz game on Recycled Materials.

For the Kahoot quiz, the teacher will use this link: https://create.kahoot.it/create#/edit/a4dd9dfb-a24b-4704-a028-972121ea249f/done. The students will need a Chromebook or iPad to play Kahoot.  Students can play in small groups if needed. The students will need to go to Kahoot.it to play the quiz. The students will enter the game number from the recycle quiz that the teacher has on the interactive whiteboard. The students will enter their name. The teacher will start the quiz. The students will choose the correct answers on the quiz in a multiple choice format. At the end of the quiz, a winner will be shown on the teacher's screen. Students will be able to rate the quiz at the end.  

Day Two, Day Three and Day Four - 30 minutes each day

Before Strategy
As students bring recyclable materials in the classroom, the students should sort materials into recycled materials bins.

During Strategy

Graph for Sorting Materials  

List each name of the recycled material and the amount that students brought to school for each day.

Discuss which material has the greatest amount and which material has the least amount for each day.

This graph should be the same as the student worksheet graph (see Recycle Student Worksheet linked in materials). The teacher can record with pictures/simple sketches of the item and the number of the items turned in.

Graph for Weighing Materials

The teacher weighs the different materials.

The chart has two areas. One area has material that weighs the most.  One area has material that weighs the least.  This graph should be the same as the student worksheet graph (see Recycle Student Worksheet linked in materials).  The teacher can record with simple pictures/simple sketches of the item and the name of the item.

After Strategy

In whole group discussion, compare the numbers on the graph. Which materials have more? Which materials have less?  Which materials weigh more?  Which materials weigh less?

On day four, students will record results from both class chart/graph to an individual student worksheet.

The individual student worksheet is a small version of the class graph.

Day 5 - Students Favorite Part of the Classroom Recycle Drive - 45 minutes

(The teacher should have made previous arrangements for items to be picked up by parent and taken to recycle company, or items could be placed in school recycling bins, if available.)

Before Strategy

The teacher dictates different parts of the classroom recycle drive from the students. The teacher reads the chart with the students.

During Strategy

Students write and illustrate about three different events from the Classroom Recycle Project. Students share their favorite parts with a partner.

After Strategy

Students share their writing samples with a partner and evaluate ways that they could improve the project. After partner share, students will share with the whole group the ways that they discussed improvements of the project.


  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

Day One 

Formative Assessment 

Teacher observation of student participation in turn and talk activity.

Rules and Procedures Checklist for Working in a Small Group Checklist: https://docs.google.com/a/mscs.k12.al.us/document/d/1n1s9-9_qncLuRfmnuOTaW0ZMA9vbOuvJGwpR6djlMIU/edit?usp=sharing

Summative Assessment

Kahoot Quiz on recycled materials.

Day Two, Three, and Four

Formative Assessment

Checklist on student participation in bringing, sorting, and weighing items for the classroom recycle drive:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/152CeAx-50JCjO30z034OgfAJGypLnjloeyPAfzG__80/edit?usp=sharing

Summative Assessment

Individual student worksheet page to sort, graph, and weigh recycled materials.  This page will be used for all three days to chart the materials.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ehn36Naerp20iRerxPtyi5mAXnMtoMNHCVlK1KbUG_4/edit?usp=sharing

Day Five

Formative Assessment

Teacher observation of students during writing.

Summative Assessment

Writing sample of classroom recycle drive (Teacher checklist): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LO8cyGvaNoE-qh0kLQBD1R6FPH1zHPmxu3rhlgMYnY8/edit?usp=sharing

This checklist includes the following criteria:

Student included three different events from the recycle project.

Student's illustration was relevant to the events from the recycle project. Teacher observation of the student's participation with their partner and the whole group.

 

Acceleration:

To expand the concepts taught in this lesson, students could promote a school-wide recycle drive.

Students can share their experience by creating a story video in Shadow Puppet Edu. This app allows you to make videos. The app allows you to combine photos or video clips with your voice, favorite song, and drawing on the screen.

On an iPad or iPhone go to the App Store, search for Shadow Puppet Edu, then download the app on the device. 

After loading the app to an iPad or iPhone, go to green plus sign to create. Add pictures of the project from the camera roll. Tap the start button for recording. Text can be added. Save video when it is completed.  

At the beginning of the app, there is a full tutorial.

The teacher will need to take pictures or videos during the entire project so that students will have pictures or videos to load into Shadow Puppet.

Videos from Shadow Puppet can be uploaded into the Seesaw app for the parents to view.

The teacher can share this video throughout the school.

Intervention:

The teacher provides extra prompts to students during turn-and-talk if needed.

Reteach about recycled materials after Kahoot quiz, if needed.

Reteach skills on sorting, weighing, and comparing sizes if needed.

Provide a writing conference with the student if they are unable to list three different events from the recycle classroom project.

 

 

 

 

 

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.