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Lesson: Recycling


Author: Brittani K
Subject Area: Science
Grade Level: 5 - 7

Introduction

Students will review background information on the importance of recycling. They are to read and take notes in their Science Journal. The activity assigned will have students research five (5) different materials that can be recycled and write a three to five sentence paragraph on the process and importance of recycling each material.

Goals

Upon completion of this lesson, students will have identified the importance of recycling and its effects on people and the environment. Students will have successfully researched and reported on the findings of specific materials, presenting their teacher with five paragraphs, three to five sentences each.

Directions

Part One: Each student will need a computer with Internet access. Students are to go to the website, Recycling Guide. The link for this website is found in the Background information of this tutorial. The tab "Why Recycle" is where students will find the background information they are to read at the beginning of this lesson. Students are to take notes in their Science Journal as they read. Part Two: The activity for this portion of the lesson is found on the right side of the web page. Students will choose five (5) materials from the list to research the process and significance of recycling each material. Students will follow each link per material to access this information. Reporting their research, students will write a three to five sentence paragraph for each material stating the process and importance of recycling the material.


Background Builder Background

Title: Recycling Guide "Why Recycle" URL: http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/importance.html
Directions: Under the "Why Recycle" tab, students will find valuable information such as the following: Environmental Importance & Importance to People During the background building, students will take notes on the key points in their Science Journals.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message:
Vocabulary Words:
Biodegradable Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
Reduce To bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.
Reuse To use again, especially after salvaging or special treatment or processing.
Recycle To treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse.
Asbestos Asbestos is resistant to heat, flames, and chemical action. Some forms have been shown to cause lung diseases.
Compost A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.
Textiles A cloth, especially one manufactured by weaving or knitting; a fabric.


Activity: Recycling Different Materials


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Goals

Students will have successfully researched and reported on the findings of specific materials, presenting their teacher with five paragraphs, three to five sentences each.

Directions

The activity for this lesson is found on the right side of the web page. Students will choose five (5) materials from the list to research the process and significance of recycling each material. Students will follow each link per material to access this information. Reporting their research, students will write a three to five sentence paragraph for each material stating the process and importance of recycling the material. Students should use the summarize and clarify strategies while reporting their findings.




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