The 5Rs

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
3, 4
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The 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are commonly used to help people remember to be responsible with their waste. In this lesson, students expand the 3Rs to the 5Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Reflect. The term rot helps them remember the importance of composting. Students explore the term reflect to learn how to be aware of and question their personal behaviors and more global issues related to waste. Students demonstrate what they learned by working together to create a set of posters they can share around the community. In this way, they also learn how to be advocates for social change.

Key objectives for students
Explain why it is important for people to be aware of their habits related to waste.
Name the 5Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Reflect.
List several ways people can reduce the amount of waste they create.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Environmental Education, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
human population, Waste, Trash, litter, Compost, organic, inorganic, landfill, Dump, Consumption, 5Rs, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, reflect
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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