The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What is a citizen's responsibility to be good stewards and advocate for respect for the Earth? 

 

Photo Credit:  DSC_2526 by USAG Italy is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Using literature and hands-on activities, the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle will be explored. The students make new paper from used classroom scrap paper then use the hand made, recycled paper to create cards to give to others in the community.

Service Experience 
  Learners clean up litter from the school grounds. The learners make new paper out of old paper scraps (i.e. recycling).  With this newly made 100% recycled paper, students make greeting cards and/or stationery for others in the community.   
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this unit is to learn the term “reduce” as it pertains to trash and the environment. They will do this by hearing the story, The Wartville Wizard.  Learners will brainstorm ways that they can reduce trash and why it is important.  They will also review what the term philanthropist means (someone who gives of their “time, talents or treasures for the common good”) and link this term to their study of trash reduction and conservation.

Unit: 
The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this unit is to learn the term “reuse” as it pertains to trash and the environment.  They will do this by working together in groups to brainstorm ways that they can reuse trash and why it is important.  They will review what the term philanthropist means (someone who gives of their “time, talents or treasures for the common good”) and link this term to their study of trash reduction.
 

Unit: 
The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this unit is to learn the term “recycle” as it pertains to trash and the environment.  They will do this by working together in groups to brainstorm ways that they can recycle trash and why it is important.  They will review what the term philanthropist means (someone who gives of their “time, talents and treasures for the common good”) and link this term to their study of trash reduction.

Unit: 
The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this unit is to bring together everything that we have learned into a philanthropic act.  The goal is to have students realize that they can make a difference in our world by acting as a philanthropist by taking care of the Earth by reducing, reusing, recycling and respecting our planet.