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This lesson introduces students to the class recycling bin and its importance to their environment

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grade:

1  

Title – Recycle
By – Janette Palacios
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects - 
Grade Level – 1

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:

      113.3 Social Studies Standards, Grade 1.

        (1.7) Economics. The student understands the concepts of goods and services. The student is expected to:

          (A) Identify examples of goods and services in the home, school and community.

 

      (1.8) Economics. The student understands the condition of not being able to have all the goods and services one wants. The student is expected to:

        (C) identify examples of choices families make when buying goods and services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will identify the importance of recycling.
  • Students will acquire the skill of recycling
  • Students will comprehend the importance of recycling for their environment.

List of Materials:

  • Book: Recycle Everyday by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Create your own recycling tub
  • Large recycling sign

Pre-Activity:

  • Teacher pre-activity: Make a large recycling sign and a recycling tub for the classroom. Make it fun and stand out. Be creative.
  • In class: Show the large recycling symbol, “Has anyone ever seen this symbol before?” “Does anyone know what it means?” Ask what it means to recycle.

Transition:

  • Move students to carpet for book reading.
  • Then after reading, move them back to desks to clean them out.

Establishing Set/Motivation/Introduction:

    To catch their attention, show the large recycling symbol.

Learning Experiences/Presentation/Procedure:

  1. Give signal for children to come sit on the carpet according to quietest table.
  2. Show the large recycling symbol:
    • “Has anyone ever seen this symbol before?”
    • “Does anyone know what this symbol means?
  3. While sitting on the carpet, ask what recycling means to them, explain and say why it is important.
  4. Bringing out book Recycle Everyday .
    • “What do you think this book may be about?”
  5. While reading book, go over the many different ways we can recycle (clothes, cans, using tote bags, using old scraps of paper, plastic containers).
  6. Review book. Ask:
    • “What does it mean to recycle?”
    • “What were different ways Minna and her family recycled?”
    • “What do you think are some ways we can recycle in the classroom or at home?”
    • “Why is it important to recycle?”
  7. Introduce the recycling tub to the class.
  8. Explain its purpose in the classroom (paper).
  9. “We will be going back to our desks, but we are going to clean our desks out. Make one pile of papers you no longer need. When everyone is finished, we will make one line to put our own pile in the tub”
  10. Give signal for them to return to desks and begin cleaning.

Closure:

    After the book, ask:

    • “What does it mean to recycle?”
    • “What were different ways Minna and her family recycled?”
    • “What do you think are some ways we can recycle in the classroom or at home?”
    • “Why is it important to recycle?”

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