Theme: Preserving Earth’s Environment and Recycling
Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Age Group: Pre-K
Group size: 10 children
Rationale: Students will learn the importance of taking care of our environment and find out the ways of recycling the trash created when we use products throughout the day. Students will also learn how recycling helps to preserve the various environments on our planet.
Social: Most of the students will work together in a group and show cooperation by taking turns during group discussions throughout the week, sharing materials, working together to create a recycled art collage, and showing pro-social skills by contributing to the environmental discussions.
Emotional: Most of the children will express pleasure, pride, and accomplishment through contributing to the recycling discussions, participating in the group collage and creating individual art projects, and singing songs throughout the discussion of our recycling theme.
Physical: All of the students will develop their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut a large piece of paper into smaller pieces of paper. All of the students will develop their gross motor skills by doing physical movements that correlate to the words of the songs sung throughout the week.
Cognitive/language: Most of the children will be able to listen and participate in the discussions about recycling. Most of the children will be able to sing and remember parts of the songs sung during the week. Most of the children will be able to sort, count, and classify the different objects brought in for recycling.
Materials: Books on Earth Day, recyclable materials for the collage (water bottles, papers, plastic, glue, and butcher paper.
Procedure: Talk with students about Earth Day, World Environment Day.
Day one – What is Earth Day and World Environment Day? (Read books).
Day two – Discuss the Three R’s (recycle, reuse, and reduce)
Day three – environmental collage
Day four – teach a new song “Recycling for Our Earth.)
- Math – sort recycling materials students have brought in into different categories, and then count them.
- Making instruments from the recycling materials
- Take children for a walk with the paper bags and clean the environment (collect papers that are on the ground)