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Teacher Background Handout
Teacher Curriculum Workshops
Waste & Recycling Historical Timeline​

Linking to the N.C. Standards:
Science Tie-in Document

Linking to the N.C. Standards:
Geography & Env. Literacy Tie-in


Lesson Plans By Unit:

Lesson Plans By Topic​:

Feed The Bin (4 lessons)
Close the Loop (4 lessons)
All About Plastics – Gr. K–5 (4 lessons)
All About Plastics – Gr. 6–8 (2 lessons)
Composting – Elementary version (7 lessons)
Composting – Middle version (2 lessons)
Litter Prevention (1 lesson)

Starve the Landfill (4 lessons)
 Program Mascot: PaperGuy

General Recycling:
What am I made of? Matching Activity
Make a MRF: Build Your Own Recycling Factory
Sequencing Recycling at Our School
Buy Recycled – Friendly Letters
Life Cycle of Paper and Aluminum
Buy Recycled – Business Letters

Plastics Lessons:
Plastics Poetry
Human Bar Graph
Plastics Sight Words
Properties of Plastics
Plastics Sorting and Identification
Polymer Fun
Chemical & Physical Properties of Plastics

Waste and Landfill Lessons:
Garbage Pizza: A No Waste Take on the Original
Word Problems and Reading Comprehension: EOG Review Activities
Building a Landfill Model
Understanding the Waste Stream using Pie Graphs
Trash Sort Matching Activity

Composting Lessons:
Elementary Level:
What Can We Compost?
Compost is Hot! - Taking Temperature
Compost Card Game learn compost "ingredients" 
Planting With Compost
"Diary of a Worm" - read aloud activity
Building a Mini-Composter
Compost Relay Race

Middle Level:
Deciphering Decomposers
Decompose This!


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