Lunchroom Recycling Plan

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
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12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Mathematics
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What waste can we identify at school? What small change can we make to address the waste?

Photo credit: Lunchroom by Rob Ireton is licensed under CC by 4.0 

Unit Overview 

Students conduct a one-day waste audit in their school, especially the lunch room. They analyze the data collected and make recommendations for reducing waste in the school. 

Service Experience 
Suggest ways to reduce waste in the lunchroom, such as pack lunch items in reusable containers instead of plastic bags, cloth napkins from home rather than paper, only taking the food you are going to eat, and asking the lunch room to serve on compostable trays. Make and carry out a recycle plan in the lunchroom with bins and education about processes. Create posters and informational flyers. Put them up around your school, on social media, and in the community to teach students about recycling and communicate a plan
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Lunchroom Recycling Plan
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Students organize and implement a school-based recycling plan based on a one-day lunchroom waste audit.

Adapt this one-period lesson plan for any grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project for Earth Day. The reflection brings learning and service impact together. 

Photo credit: Lunchroom by Rob Ireton is licensed under CC by 4.0