Here is a list of what was inside:
* plastic baggie (ziploc type)... reusable plastic container
* paper lunch bag... reusable lunch box
* roll of paper towels... cloth dish towel
* plastic water bottle... reusable water bottle
* plastic grocery bag... reusable grocery bag
* traditional light bulb... florescent light bulb
After I presented each set of items, I reminded the kids about what happens to garbage that we throw away in a garbage can. In other words:
1) throw garbage in the garbage can
2) bring garbage can to the curb
3) garbage truck picks up garbage
4) garbage truck brings garbage to the garbage dump (pointing out that a garbage dump is on the earth)
5) garbage at the dump makes our earth dirty
Of course, the light bulbs were the one exception to all of the other items. In this case I explained to the kids that traditional light bulbs use lots of electricity. That electricity is made mainly from burning coal. And that burning coal puts lots of yucky stuff into the air we breath and makes our earth dirty. On the other hand, the florescent bulb uses much less electricity - which uses less coal and therefore does not make the air we breath and our earth as dirty as the traditional light bulb. And, as an added bonus, since florescent bulbs use less electricity, they also cost less to use!
In addition to our discussions of tangible ways we can help keep our earth clean, we also had some really cool earth-friendly projects! In the 4's class we made earth crayons out of old blue & green crayons. And, in the 3's class we made cookie cutter shapes out of recycled paper from a paper shredder and coffee filter earths.
4's Class: Recycled Earth Crayons:
|First, the kids sorted out all of the green and blue crayons from the box of old crayons we had in the classroom. I set this up as a work for whoever wanted to participate.|
|Then, we soaked the crayons in water and peeled off the paper wrappers. We started this work inside, but the kids were so into it we brought it outside during our play time!|
|Next, the kids broke the crayons into small pieces and put them into a small muffin tin.|
|Here are the crayons in the muffin tin.|
|Then we put the muffin tin in my toaster oven at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes - we do not have access to an oven at our school...|
|Here are a few of the kids watching the crayons melt in the toaster oven!|
|Here are some of the finished Recycled Earth Crayons! I think they turned out pretty neat!|
3's Class Recycled Paper Cookie Cutter Shapes:
We started with some shredded paper that my mom gave me from her office at work and soaked it in water. I made a flour and water paste, split the paste into four equal parts, added a different color food coloring (because the paper was almost all white) to each bowl of paste, and then mixed the paste with the wet, shredded paper.
|Here are some of the finished Recycled Paper Cookie Cutter Shapes! Pretty cute, huh!|
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