Save Our Earth Recycling Projects

There are many things we can do to save our Earth. Keeping the Earth clean will help all of us in the long run. We know there are some things we should be doing to take that one extra step to do our part. One of those is recycling and reusing. Reusing your household items is easy to do and easy to model good recycling habits in front of our kids. Let's all be superheros and save our Earth! I have a few fun ideas to use in the classroom during Recycling or Save the Earth Week. 
We can reuse many items at home. Here are some ideas that I've done myself:

I turned my tin Coffee Bean powder creamer can into another container that's pretty! I wrapped material around the tin can and glued it. I store my candle votives in it. I also made one for my buttons and I've made a few to give away as gifts! So easy and so needed to reduce these containers in the garbage or landfill.
Next, I turned my spaghetti sauce jars into solar jars for my yard. I love this idea!!! I have these jars all over my backyard. It makes my backyard so pretty at night! (My backyard is pictured below. You can see a few jars around the pool.) All you need are these solar lids to put on the jars. They come in a pack of 6 and fit around regular size Mason jars. This is a great way to recycle your jars of food. Just rinse and clean the jars and put a solar lid on it. Click the link to see the solar lids from Amazon: Solar Lids for Mason Jars
I turned my vitamin plastic jar into a jar for my loose change. It's a good way to show your kids how to save money and also how to reuse items. The wrapper on the plastic jar came off easily and poof, a reusable jar to hold small things like craft items or classroom manipulatives in without it going everywhere. 

 Recycle Project for Students
I wonder what your students could come up with if you gave them an opportunity to turn an item they would normally throw away and turn it into something great and reusable? I have a super easy recycling project idea for kids to do as a homework assignment. Students make the recycle project at home, write a report about it, and present it to the class. All you have to do it print it and explain about it to the students. Here is a FREE template about the recycle project. It explains everything! Click the picture on the left to download the note to parents, a rubric to score students, and writing paper to write the paragraph. 

The students come up with some great ideas! These ideas will inspire other students to start thinking about reducing, reusing, and recycling. This is my favorite project of the year!    


I have a funny book to read during reduce, reuse, and recycle time or anytime of the year. Hopefully your library has it in stock, but if not, here is the link: The Wartville Wizard book
This wizard is sick and tired of people littering in his town. He puts a spell on everyone who litters. If they litter, the litter sticks to them. People in town are upset because they have litter stuck to them. Find out what the people have to do to make the litter unstick so their lives can get back to normal. 


 The Wartville Wizard Sequence
I have a FREE sequence sheet of The Wartville Wizard. I cut the 11 strips apart and glue them to the bottom of a blank piece of paper. After I read the story, the class and I put the story in order by sequencing it . I give 2-3 students a sheet with a sequenced sentence at the bottom. The students illustrate a picture about the sentence. Then I assemble all the sheets in order and staple on the left to make a classbook. I set the classbook in my classroom library and students get to read this story over again and look at the pictures their classmates drew. If you want to learn more about class books, click here

Here are some more recycling books you may want:
Recycle! - book
Why I Should Recycle - book
Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - book

Happy recycling!
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