Recycling Projects for Middle School

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Recycling is extremely important in the modern world as we grapple with the perils of climate change. Help your students learn what they need to know and to educate others with these ideas for middle school recycling projects.

Recycling Projects for Middle School

Thanks to climate change, recycling is becoming increasingly important. By teaching students about climate change early, it will become a normal and expected part of life. This is the key to producing real improvements in the way society deals with waste in the future. So the more focus we can put on recycling, the better.

One way to do this is through recycling projects. Rather than simply teaching about recycling in the classroom through lectures and discussion, we can have students be active and involved through the use of recycling projects. In this lesson, we are going to go through a few ideas for recycling projects that you can use in a middle school classroom.

Recycling Points Project

One of the best ways to put a focus on recycling is to challenge students to recycle. You can have students bring in recyclable materials and get points for each item they collect. This can be the recyclables they have at home, or if they have friends and family who don't recycle, they can bring other people's recyclables too. You can record students' recycling successes on charts, and award prizes when students reach a certain number of points. If you wish, you can even turn it into a competition as students try to outdo each other with recycling for a chance for a larger prize.

Recycling Art Projects

Another way to create a recycling project is to take advantage of students' artistic skills. You can take recyclable waste products and give them to students to create art. Students can create a rocket ship out of toilet roll middles, butterflies out of wine bottle corks and paper, and caterpillars out of segments of egg boxes. There is no limit to the art that they can create as they make use of things that would normally be thrown out.

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