Recycling Lesson Plans

Our recycling lesson plans and classroom activities have been developed for students in Grades 1 – 6. Complete with detailed lesson plans, instruction, and downloadable worksheets.

Carton Recycling

Grades 1-3 and 5-6

These lesson plans teach students the importance of carton recycling using standard-based math, science, and language arts worksheets developed by Carton Council Canada and Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba. The activities will allow your students to learn how they can have a positive impact on the environment.

Your Recycling Journal

Grades 2-4

The Recycling Journal gets the students active and involved in recycling both at home and at school. Use the Recycling Journal as its own lesson or partner the journal with other recycling lesson plans as a way to document questions, learnings, recycling records, etc.

Colour me Blue

Grades 2-4

This is an easy and educational exercise that is loads of fun! Have students cut and colour their blue bin, filling it with recyclables such as newspaper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and steel. Bring recyclables from home or cut and colour provided cutouts.

Don’t be a Litterbug

Grades 1-3

This lesson gives students the chance to get creative with recycled goods. Emphasizing the “reuse” component of recycling, students will combine recyclables such as newspaper, plastic water bottles and other recyclable materials to make “bugs”.

The Good ‘Sort’ of Recycling

Grades 2-4

This activity gives students the basic understanding of recycling using items brought from home, or collected from a recycling clean-up of the schoolyard.



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