The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

70 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will explore the recycling process and take a closer look at programs to reduce the amount of waste in their school or communities.

COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS. EACH OPTION IS WORTH THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SUBMIT WORK AND GET POINTS FOR ONE OPTION.

OPTION 1: Host a swap meet
Students will explore the importance of reusing items as a way of reducing their waste by hosting a swap meet in their school or community.

OPTION 2: Learn about the recycling process of everyday items
Students will explore the recycling process of everyday items and create a poster or infographic showing the steps and materials involved.

OPTION 3: Suggested modification for completion at home

Students will complete a modified version of Option 2 and will learn about the recycling process of everyday items and create a poster or infographic showing the steps and materials involved. 

Students or parents/guardians can print a copy of the “Cycle diagram” worksheet (found in the lesson plan), fill in their answers in the provided spaces, and email a photo of their completed worksheet to the teacher.

Alternatively, students can draw their own cycle diagram or poster and can email their photo to the teacher. This can include an outline of the different types of recycling accepted in their community, and which household items belong to each type. 

Teachers can submit up to three (3) PDFs or six (6) photos provided by students as proof of their classroom completing the challenge.


LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this activity, students will:

  • discuss the importance of reusing items and recycling
  • understand the recycling process of at least one material (option 2)


RESOURCES

What They Become 

Canadian Plastics Industry Association

The Aluminium Assocation

How glass is recycled  

Electronic Recycling Process 

Youtube video: Recyling for kids with waste management's Mr. Cool can.

Calgary recycling: how recyclables are sorted

Classrooms who have completed this Challenge

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