Academic journal article Science and Children

Teaching the Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Academic journal article Science and Children

Teaching the Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Article excerpt

In today's world of shrinking resources and booming populations, recycling is more important than ever. Yet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 33% of the trash and an alarming 8% of the plastic generated in the United States is recycled. This month's lessons focus on the journeys of trash items and how students can affect their paths.

This Month's Trade Books

A Plastic Bottle's Journey Written by Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Nadine Wickenden. Picture Window Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4048-6267-8 Grades K-4

Synopsis

This book describes a plastic bottle's journey, beginning with the tiny pellets from which it is made to the recycling bin and ultimately back into a new plastic bottle.

Garbage, Waste, Dumps, and You Written by Connie Colwell Miller. Capstone Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4296-1996-7 Grades 3-6

Synopsis

In four photo-filled chapters, this book describes the history of waste removal as well as modern trash technology, landfills, recycling, and composting. It includes a "What You Can Do" section on recycling and reusing trash.

Curricular Connections

The National Science Education Standards suggest that at an early age, students should become aware that the supply of many resources is limited but can be extended through recycling and decreased use. …

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