Elementary School Outreach Programs

 



Early Elementary (PK-2nd Grade)- 45 minutes

 

LET'S RECYCLE!

SOL: Science- K.11, 1.8

The book Johnny Green and the Little Green Man will be read to help students learn about recycling, how it works, why it’s important, and what they can do to help. Trash can be harmful when it’s not where it belongs. After the story, students will discuss the raw natural resources that our recyclable materials are made from and help sort items into garbage or recycle piles.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Conserve, Resources

Equipment Needed: None

 

 

RIGSBY'S CLEANUP SURPRISE

SOL: Science- K.11, 1.5, 1.8

Students will identify litter as undesirable objects that should have been put in the trash or recycling bin. They will recognize that they have control over litter. Students investigate a park that’s been littered and meet “Rigsby”, the Raccoon, who teaches the harm that litter brings to all of his park pals. They will learn what kinds of litter can be recycled. Students will learn what natural resources we use to make each of the recycable materials. Students will make a "litter awareness" poster like the Rigsby and his park pals.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Recycling

Equipment Needed: Coloring materials, paper.

 

 

WHO POLLUTED THE RIVER?

SOL: Science- K.5, 1.8b. Civics- K.8cd, 2.10ac

Students will identify sources of pollution and how they get into the river. A large pickle jar is used to represent the river, and students will discuss what pollutes the river. Prevention of water pollution is discussed, to include recycling, reusing, and reducing waste.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Pollution

Equipment Needed: None



 

THINK EARTH
SOL: Science- 1.5a, 1.8

Students will identify natural resources and consider ways that they can personally reduce consumption of resources to protect the earth. The students will then see items made from recycled materials.

Vocabulary Introduced: Natural Resources, Conservation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Environment, Litter, Fossil Fuels

Equipment Needed: VCR




WARTVILLE WIZARD
SOL: Science- K.11, 1.5a, 1.8b

The class will read the story "The Wartville Wizard". The students will then discuss the story and the impact that litter can have. As a follow up activity, the class will compare two "types" of lunch boxes. One has many single use containers and the other has only reusable containers. Students will then discusss why the "litterless lunch" is better for the environment and has no resulting trash.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Landfill, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Environment

Equipment Needed: None



 

TRASH TO TREASURE (Truth About Trash)

SOL: Science- K.11a,b, 1.8c

Students will discuss how littering and recycling can affect the environment. Using the book "A Pig's Tale", students will learn creative ways to reuse "trash". Using plastic milk bottles and craft supplies, students will create toys from trash.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Natural Resource

Equipment Needed: Plastic milk bottles, any additional craft materials, i.e. tissue paper, eyes, corks, pipe cleaners, etc.




TRAVELIN' TRASH

SOL: Science- K.4bd, K.5c, 1.5a, 1.8b, 2.1a, 2.5b, 3.9de

Students will see a series of activities that demonstrate the characteristics of marine debris, and how these characteristics affect where marine debris is found in the environment. Students will determine whether or not trash can float, be moved by the wind, or be washed away.

Vocabulary Introduced: Buoyant, Litter, Marine Debris

Equipment Needed: None




ALL ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES

SOL: Science- 2.5, 2.8cd, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11

Students will define NATURAL RESOURCES and will focus on ways in which they can care for their environment. A short video will be shown discussing the many different ways that natural resources are used and over-used daily. Then the students will get to look at various items that are made from recycled material.

Vocabulary Introduced: Natural Resources, Renewable, Non-renewable, Environment, Pollution, Energy, Runoff, Habitat, Fossil Fuel, Minerals

Equipment Needed: DVD player

 

 

THE LORAX

SOL: Science- K.11, 1.5a, 1.8abc, 2.5abc

Students will listen to Dr. Seuss’ story “The Lorax” to learn about the human effects on animals and the environment. They will recognize that they have control over their consumption of natural resources. Students will sort "trash" and determine what "trash" can actually be recycled and what cannot.

Vocabulary Introduced: Conservation, Environment, Ecology, Natural Resources, Pollution

Equipment Needed: VCR

 

 

THE GREEN GAME

SOL: Science- 2.5b, 2.7, 2.8, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.9, 5.6c, 5.7fg

Students will focus on ways in which they can care for their environment by playing a fun interactive game to decrease their carbon footprint. The game also instills teamwork since the whole class works together to finish the game. This game can be played outside.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Recycle, Conservation, Environment, Natural Resources, Pollution

Equipment Needed: 15ft x 15ft Floor Space

 

 

THE WATER GAME

SOL: Science- 2.5abc, 2.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5f, 4.9a, 5.6c, 5.7fg

Students will play an interactive giant ground version of a board game that focuses on ways to preserve, conserve, and share our waters. The game can be played indoors or outdoors.

Vocabulary Introducted: Conserve, Preserve, Natural Resources, Water Pollution, Water Cycle, Surface Water, Groundwater, Consumers, Desalination, Watershed.

Equipment Needed: 15ft x 15ft Floor Space




 


Upper Elementary (3rd Grade- 5th Grade)- 45 minutes


ALL ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES

SOL: Science- 2.5, 2.8cd, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11

Students will define NATURAL RESOURCES and will focus on ways in which they can care for their environment. A short video will be shown discussing the many different ways that natural resources are used and over-used daily. Then the students will get to look at various items that are made from recycled material.

Vocabulary Introduced: Natural Resources, Renewable, Non-renewable, Environment, Pollution, Energy, Runoff, Habitat, Fossil Fuel, Minerals

Equipment Needed: DVD player

 

 

THE GREEN GAME

SOL: Science- 2.5b, 2.7, 2.8, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.9, 5.6c, 5.7fg

Students will focus on ways in which they can care for their environment by playing a fun interactive game to decrease their carbon footprint. The game also instills teamwork since the whole class works together to finish the game. This game can be played outside.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Recycle, Conservation, Environment, Natural Resources, Pollution

Equipment Needed: 15ft x 15ft Floor Space

 

 

THE WATER GAME

SOL: Science- 2.5abc, 2.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5f, 4.9a, 5.6c, 5.7fg

Students will play an interactive giant ground version of a board game that focuses on ways to preserve, conserve, and share our waters. The game can be played indoors or outdoors.

Vocabulary Introducted: Conserve, Preserve, Natural Resources, Water Pollution, Water Cycle, Hydrologic Cycle, Surface Water, Groundwater, Consumers, Desalination, Watershed.

Equipment Needed: 15ft x 15ft Floor Space

 

 

SOIL: Who Needs It?

SOL: Science- 3.7

Students will discover why soil is important while viewing the DVD, Soil: Who Needs It? The DVD focuses on why we are losing billions of tons of soil each year to erosion and what we can do to save our soil. The DVD is followed by a soil activity.

Vocabulary Introduced: Erosion, Humus, Organic, Inorganic, Decompose, Compost, Top-soil, Sub-soil, Bedrock

Equipment Needed: DVD Player

 

 

PLANET IN PERIL (THINK EARTH "e")

SOL: Science- 3.9d.e, 3.10, 3.11, 4.9

Students will examine the 3 R's as a means to conserve identified natural resources, decrease the amount of waste, and prevent air and water pollution.

Vocabulary Introduced: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Litter, Pollution, Supply and Demand, Landfill

Equipment Needed: Powerpoint Projector or ActivBoard



 

ALL ABOUT RECYCLING

SOLs: Science- 3.3a, 3.6d, 3.10a.b.d, 4.5f, 5.7g, 6.6d, 6.9a.b, LS.10c, LS.11a.b, ES.6d

Students will learn about recycling, how it works, why it’s important, and what they can do to help. Trash can be dangerous when it’s not in its proper place - the garbage can or recycling can. Students will see a variety of new materials that were recycled from other materials.

Vocabulary Introduced: Recycling, Reduce, Reuse, Natural Resources

Equipment Needed: Powerpoint Projector or ActivBoard

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BINGO

SOLs: Science- 3.10d, 3.11, 4.5f, 5.7g

Students will examine aspects of recycling and solid waste management, and then play a fun interactive game reviewing what they have learned.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Environment, Landfill, Ecosystem

Equipment Needed: None

 

 

THE TRASH TRAIN

SOLs: Science- 3.10d, 3.11, 4.5f, 5.7g

Students will follow trash as it is brought in by localities (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Vinton) as it is dumped on the transfer station floor for inspection, loaded onto the “Trash Train” rail cars, and travel to the Smith Gap Landfill. The ways of decreasing the amount of trash will be addressed.

Vocabulary Introduced: Recycle, Decompose, Biodegrade, Wasteline Express, Landfill/ Dump, Compost

Equipment needed: DVD Player



GROUNDWATER

SOL: Science- 4.9a, 5.7fg

Students will use the Bedrock Simulator and Rainmaker models to examine the complete water cycle and discover the movement and storage of water from the surface through belowground soil and bedrock. The flow of water will be traced, covering basic groundwater concepts. Students will see the immediate effect of groundwater contamination. The Rainmaker will demonstrate the Water Cycle as part of the surface to groundwater cycle.

Vocabulary Introduced: Aquiclude, Aquifer, Bedrock, Subsoil, Topsoil, Clay, Runoff, Groundwater, Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Point Source Pollution, Sand, Soil, Water Conservation and Wetlands

Equipment Needed: Sink

 

 

WATERSHEDS TO OCEANS

SOL: Science- 4.9a, 5.7fg

Students will identify their local watershed and map the movement of waste from storm drains to the ocean. The Enviroscape model will show the effects of erosion, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, and litter on waterways and bodies of water. Students will create a rainstorm and discuss what happens to the pollutants as they make their way to the water bodies.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Solid Waste, Pollution, Watershed, Erosion, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Natural Disasters, Pollutants

Equipment Needed: None



 

OCEANS OF TRASH

SOLs: Science- 5.7g

A powerpoint presentation and discussion review of ocean characteristics and Roanoke Valley's connections to the ocean. Students will see how marine debris is a health hazard to marine mammals and aquatic life, presenting threats such as entanglement.

Vocabulary Introduced: Litter, Pollution, Riparian, Marine Entanglement, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Gyre

Equipment Needed: Projecter or ActivBoard

 



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