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Difference Between Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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Lesson Plan Information

Subject: ** Earth Day **
Category: General
Grade Level: Fourth - Sixth


The students will define reduce, reuse, and recycle.



The students will define reduce, reuse, and recycle and employ these in their every day life.

Educational Resources:

A book or web site containing information on the practices of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Samples of items which can be reduced (a cloth shopping bag to reduce the use of plastic bags), reused (an empty milk carton to use for a watering can), recycled (a newspaper to be sent to a recycling center and made into new paper).

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Activity Plan:

1.Share the information from the book or web site highlighting the definitions of reduce, reuse, and recycle. 2.Have the students write a brief definition of each word. Younger students may copy a simple definition off the chalkboard – i.e. Reduce = use less, Reuse = use again, Recycle = make new. 3.Brainstorm ways the students can reduce, reuse, and recycle at school. These may be written on the worksheet. Remember to include recycling printer cartridges, cell phones, laptops, and small electronics. 4. Have the students take the papers home to share with their families

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