Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Kids for a Clean Community

Project Idea

Our community is in need of clean-up and education on the benefits of recycling. Students will conduct research and brainstorm different ways that they can make our community a cleaner, healthier place to live. This will lead to the students creating a presentation on one specific method of conservation/recycling.

Driving Question

How can we make the city of Roanoke a cleaner, healthier place to live?

Entry Event

Read What If Everybody Did That? This book contains a series of scenarios where a young boy does something thoughtless which kids are apt to do. While doing one small bad thing, like shooting straw wrappers or throwing soda cans out a car window, does not seem like a big deal, if everyone did it, the world wouldn't be a very clean, healthy place to live in. His curiosity gets the best of him but he is forced to consider the consequences of his actions on the world around him. This book will be a good conversation starter about the consequences our actions have on our environment.

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Significant Content

In this project, students will use 21st Century Skills to familiarize themselves with ways to sustain natural resources and improve our environment. They will be introduced to the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling. They will learn new vocabulary (such as conservation, biodegradable, compost, pollution, etc…) and connect environmental concepts to their everyday experiences.

Major Culminating Products

Students will work in small groups to research a chosen method of conservation/recycling and creating a presentation that explains its benefits. Students will have the choice to use the method of their choice (PhotoStory, Google Presentation, brochure, poster, etc…) These will be scored using a rubric, and the presentations that fulfill all requirements will be voted on by a committee and the best ones will be presented at a school wide fair and sent to the city council.


Students will also spearhead a campaign to clean up Kids Town, our local community park that is within walking distance of the school.

Assessment Strategies

The following will be used as formative assessments:

-journal entries

-exit tickets

-student observation/conferencing

-checklists

-practice presentation

-presentation feedback

-peer/self evaluation

A presentation rubric will be used as a summative assessment.