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Key Vocabulary for Lessons:
recover (verb): to get something back

recycle (verb): to process old items such as newspapers, glass, plastic, and cans so they can be used to make new products

Recycling Fast Facts and Additional Resources for Teachers

For more information about paper recycling, visit paperrecycles.org.

About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Recycling, Language Arts

GRADE
3-6

DURATION
20 Mins

COLLECTION
Celebrate Earth Day

Why Recycle Paper?

Always Recyle Paper!<br />
Always Recyle Paper!

Lesson 1: Why Recycle Paper?

OBJECTIVE

  • Students comprehend a brief history of paper, learn the definition of recycling, and discover why we recycle.
  • Students learn that the topic sentence of a paragraph usually answers these questions: who, what, where, how, and why.
  • Students learn that supporting sentences provide details about the main idea.

MATERIALS

  • Pencils

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Why Recycle Paper? (PDF)

DIRECTIONS

  • Lead a discussion where students identify the different types of paper that they use every day. Then ask students: Did you ever wonder where paper comes from?
  • Distribute reproducible to students. Review the concepts of topic sentences and supporting sentences as a class. With students needing additional support, you may want to read the story together as a group.
  • Ask the students to answer the questions on the reproducible. Review the answers as a group or collect their papers to check responses.
  • Have students discuss why recycling is important. Each student should provide one or two reasons.

LESSON EXTENSION
Challenge students to write a paragraph about their own experience with paper recycling. Ask them to begin with a topic sentence and include at least three supporting sentences. Provide feedback, and give them the opportunity to revise their drafts.

ASSESS STUDENTS
Reproducible 1 Answers: 1. a; 2. b; 3. d; 4. b; 5. d

 


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