Do the Rot Thing – The Simple Art of Home Composting Award winning video that demonstrates the basic steps and shares simple tips for making home composting fun and easy.
Doing the 4Rs: A Classroom Activity Guide to Teach Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot
Lesson 1: Renewable or Nonrenewable?
Students learn about renewable, nonrenewable and perpetual resources by looking at products made from natural resources.
Students collect litter found on school grounds and link this litter back to natural resources.
Students learn about the 4Rs hierarchy and brainstorm ways to practice the 4Rs.
Students learn about the 4Rs hierarchy by classifying waste items from home that they sort into groups using the 4Rs hierarchy.
Students learn how to reduce packaging waste by comparing products that have minimal or excessive packaging.
Students bring in paper items from home and work in groups to brainstorm ways to reduce the amount of paper they use.
Students learn how their waste can impact habitat for plants and animals.
Students practice critical thinking skills while examining their own values related to reducing waste and the consumption of resources.
Students explore the 4Rs hierarchy by looking at the benefits of reusing a plastic bottle before recycling it.
Students participate in making group decisions for identifying the best choice among four alternatives for reusing items.
Students learn about the natural resources used to make fabric and use math skills to make a quilt square from reused fabric scraps and old magazines.
Students learn about the life cycle of a plastic product and the nonrenewable resources used to
Students learn about different types of plastic by collecting and examining examples of plastic from home.
Students learn how trees are harvested to make paper and make recycled paper with reused newspaper.
Students use multiple sources of information to research reuse and recycling options for a variety of household goods.
Students are introduced to the process of decomposition in a compost bin and classify found objects from their school grounds as biodegradable or non-biodegradable.
Students learn about the process of decomposition by testing the effects of different variables on the decomposition of organic and inorganic materials over time.
Students learn about the food chain of a compost bin by playing a tag game illustrating the role of decomposers in a food web.
Students learn about the benefits of adding compost to soil as an amendment. They design and conduct their own experiment to test how compost effects plant growth.
Students sort through compost in groups and identify different types of compost critters they observe and share their results with the class.
Students learn about worms by observing live red worms in groups and record their observations.
Students learn about the process of decomposition, compost and why it’s important by setting up compost bin at school.
Students will set up a worm compost bin in the classroom, maintain the bin and observe how the contents change over time.
Students learn about methods used to harvest an active worm bin at different stations while brainstorming ways to use finished worm castings.
Recycling and Environmental Web Sites
It pays in so many ways to recycle. What is CRV?
CRV stands for “California Redemption Value” and is the deposit consumers pay on beverage containers when they purchase qualifying beverages. You are entitled by way of California Law to a refund of your CRV when you redeem your empty beverage containers at a State Certified recycling center. People choosing to throw their empty beverage containers into the trash, into curbside bins, into unattended drop-off locations or people who litter are not entitled to a refund of their CRV. All rePlanet locations are State Certified offering a full refund of your CRV.
The California Redemption Value (CRV) payout is:
Containers less than 24 oz. = 5 cents
Containers more than or equal to 24 oz. = 10 cents
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