Reduce. Reuse. Recycle as a Last Resort.
An abundance of free recycling curriculums can be found online. Create your next lesson plan using one of the following resources:
Health World’s Safety Smart Goes Green
A digital instruction course in which The Lion King’s animated characters Timon and Pumbaa teach children grades about green practices, focusing on the three R’s.
Waste In Place
Three sample activities paired with fact sheets, recommended reading and activities for parents. Keep America Beautiful also offers comprehensive activity guides available for purchase from their online store.
Dem-Con’s Green Grades
Videos by this Minnesota landfill company show how various components of residential and industrial waste are processed at the landfill so that they can be recycled into new materials. Lessons and activities are broken down into grades K-2, 3-5, and 6+.
Ranger Rick Educator’s Guides
The National Wildlife Federation puts out monthly classroom guides for educators to use to teach from the children’s magazine Ranger Rick. Topics range from wildlife and habitat to trash and pollution.
Save on Energy’s Kids Recycling Guide
This interactive guide from Save on Energy includes quizzes, games, and fun facts that teaches students about the importance of recycling. Also provided is a printable PDF of the guide for teachers.
Recycle Rosie Curriculum: Understanding the Waste Cycle
This PDF curriculum contains six chapters that introduce the three R’s and encourage students to think critically about the environment-waste management relationship.
Can Manufacturers Institute
Three separate curricula for grades 4-6, 6-9 and 9-12 that emphasize the importance of recycling and environmentally responsible behavior.
I Want to Be Recycled
Educational game and fact sheets for grades 6-12 highlighting economic resource value and strategy of collecting and sorting recyclables.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
A vast array of lesson plans, games, quizzes, videos, projects, activities and community service ideas.
California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)
More than 80 science and history-social science units that highlight environmental relationships and encourage critical thinking.
Green activities, articles, slideshows and more, organized by grade level.
This site offers links to more than 40 recycling activities and resources for various grade levels.
National Education Association
Earth Day-themed lessons, projects, activities and games for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. and JASON Learning
Posters, lesson plans and web-based experiences about recycling for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
Educational recycling videos, infographic posters and lesson plans for grades 1-5 and 6-12.
The Greens is a website for kids with games and activities on sustainability and green living. Recommended grades 9-12.