My students need laminating sheets to allow multiple classes per grade to reuse resource materials and instruction sheets. The pencil sharpener will be used for compost.
Our students have become excellent at recycling. But they are not incorporating into their daily routines "reducing" and "reusing" skills. In fact, too many students in my classes use the recycling bin without thought of how paper or other recyclable materials could be reused or reduced.
My students are 1st through 8th graders who have my science lab class once a week.
So I use same materials on multiple classes, often making hundreds of copies that could be REDUCED to sets of 30, if they were able to be REUSED.
Our budgets are low, being a high poverty large urban school district; the laminating materials are not considered important enough to be included in a budget. My students are eager learners and "seeing" REUSING through REDUCING in my classroom will help my budgeting ability as well as guide students in their "reducing and reusing" skill learning.
I will be actively setting an example for them as I green our classroom. The pencil sharpener is a way for us to collect, as a classroom (versus individually) pencil shavings to add to our compost bin. This will also be a regular practice by all students in "reusing". We have a compost bin in our garden area and besides the fruit and vegetable scraps this is another valid addition that can be "reused".
These resources will allow students to "see" and "do" reusing and reducing in their everyday lives. They will give them motivation to brainstorm other areas in their lives that they can improve these skills. Students will set goals on other things in our class that can be "reused" and/or "reduced", making them caring young citizens.
This project will hopefully carry over to their homes and classrooms.
I know my students learn best by doing, and are willing and eager learners. This will be a great step forward in this learning, producing caring young citizens.
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