Welcome to December's Theme

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle



by fluffyman2.0@Haultain Community School



We've been talking about recycling in our Grade 6&7 classroom. We have a blue bin for all of the paper waste in our classroom. We have a box to collect batteries for recycling. We have a worm composting bin in our classroom where we put all of our green waste from our daily snack. We have regular discussions about how we can make our classroom greener and think about ways we can make a change in our daily life at school. What does your school or classroom do to be green and care for the planet? We have a Treasure Sale every year where we can bring our unwanted items to school and they are sold to students who need a place to shop for Christmas gifts for their family.

Your challenge this month is to make as many changes as possible in the way your class operates. Can you reduce paper usage? Are you able to add a recycling program if one doesn't exist? Could you create seasonal gifts using recycled or repurposed items?
Your class can make a video, Voicethread or any other type of multi-media presentation to showcase your efforts this month.


How to Set Up an Environmentally Friendly, Green Classroom

Live by the Motto, "Earth Day is Every Day" With These Easy Environmenal Tips

By Beth Lewis, About.com

"As the teacher in your classroom, you are a leader on all types of issues, including environmental concerns when you choose to run a visibly Green Classroom. If your students watch you, day in and day out, recycling paper products and turning off lights when you leave the classroom, you are sending them a positive, proactive message about conserving the earth's resources and helping the environment in ways big and small.
It's easier than you might think to set up and run a Green Classroom. Here are some suggestions for little things you can do on a daily basis to show students how to be environmentally conscious:
  • Make sure that paper and aluminum can recycling boxes are always available in your classroom. Actively promote their use. If you see someone throwing something away, remind him or her about recycling.
  • Use a reusable water bottle, rather than throw-away plastic bottles. Encourage your students to do the same. Perhaps you could even organize a bulk purchase of reusable bottles, gathering $10 from parents and procuring the bottles for your classroom.
  • Place the recycling symbol on the walls of your classroom. The students will gain familiarity with this symbol and recognize it when they are out and about needing to throw something away.
  • When a students ask you if it's OK for them to throw away specific papers (like an old math test, for example), consistently respond, "Sure. You can recycle them." By answering this way, students will begin to think of recycling before garbage cans.
  • If you have student jobs, perhaps one of the jobs could be "recycling monitor." This person would be in charge of making sure that people are recycling instead of throwing items into the regular trash. Also, this person might be in charge of taking the recycling boxes to the school's recycling center, if applicable.
  • Encourage children to pick up trash around the school grounds. Perhaps if your students are acting antsy one afternoon, take a ten minute clean-up stroll around the campus before you get back to the learning at hand.
  • Decorate your classroom with plants and flowers. Also, students can plant their own seeds in the beginning of the year and watch their plants thrive as the year progresses.
  • Creatively minimize the amount of paper used in your classroom, without compromising educational objectives, of course. When you save a little paper, make a comment like, "We can save paper by doing it this way."http://k6educators.about.com/od/classroomorganization/a/greenclassroom.htm




Resources:

Recycling Guide
Awesome Library: Precycling
Awesome Library: Recycling
Recycling in the Classroom
Classroom Recycling Audit
Recycling Office
Recycling Mobile Phones
About.com Green Classroom
Green School- Bali, Indonesia