Littering Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know the dangers of littering? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to educate students about litter and its effects on the world. An art activity allows students to demonstrate mastery while educating others.


60 to 90 minutes

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'littering'
  • list the dangers of littering
  • summarize preventive measures for littering

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.



Discussion questions are included at multiple points in the instructions section. These can be used to guide class discussion, small group discussion or may be geared toward a journaling activity.


Begin by asking the class to define 'littering', allowing time for them to share their answers. Then pass out the paper copies of the text lesson (one per student).

Watch or read the 'What is Littering?' section of the lesson, and then use the following questions to hold a class discussion:

  • How did we do in our definitions of littering?
  • Why is littering a bad thing?

Watch or read the rest of the lesson. Discuss the concepts, using these questions as prompts:

  • How can we protect animals from litter?
  • How many of us have seen litter on our streets?
  • What should we do if we see litter?
  • What should we do if we see someone littering?

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