Recycling is an important part of modern life. It can help keep junk out of landfills as well as allow us to reuse products without having to use even more natural resources than we already do. Recycling also saves energy by allowing products to be produced without taking up the same amount of energy that a product made out of new materials would and helps keep drinking water clean. Help educate your students about the importance of recycling by creating a fun assembly around recycling.
During your assembly, it is important to tell kids exactly what the point of recycling is. Create a skit with teachers and students spelling out the importance of recycling, such as reducing air pollution and keeping the rate of global warming down. Write a skit in which characters are transported to 100 years in the future when no one has recycled, showing students the direct effect of not recycling.
What to Recycle
Bring in examples of products that can be recycled and those that can't. Hold up those products, such as paper, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles. Non-recyclable products include foam and light bulbs. Create a chant with the students, asking them to yell out "Yes!" for products that they can recycle and "No!" for products they cannot recycle.
How to Recycle
Each city has different rules when it comes to recycling, although most provide bins to their citizens in order to separate their goods. Typically, cities will ask you to separate your paper items from the glass and plastic items and to flatten those that can be flattened. Bring in the proper bins for your city and demonstrate how to flatten the packaging correctly and which bins they should go into. Ask students to participate by holding up different materials and asking them to tell you which bin to put them in.
Recycling Art Projects
Hold a short demonstration during your assembly on projects your students can make from recycled materials. These may include birdhouses made from Popsicle sticks, birdhouses made from milk cartons, faux candles or napkin rings made from toilet paper or paper towel rolls and an assortment of animals made from bottle caps, toilet paper rolls or recycled boxes.
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