Students learned about being productive citizens within the community. We learned about important people that help keep our community safe. This project allowed us to extend that unit by creating the recycling can from repurposed materials to be used and displayed at our main location for the Willard Fire Department. Going with the theme of a fire station, students created a recycling can that resemebled a fire hydrant and dalmation. Students, with assistance, used a combination of newpaper, chicken wire, cardboard, and masking tape to create the form of the mascot dog.
Kindergarten through second grade.
Our first graders created a trash can using one of their favorite book characters: Pete the Cat! They used old items around the school to reuse them for our display. Empty tissue boxes = shoes, empty laminator rolls = arms and legs, empty cardboard box = cut out head. They worked together, with teacher help, to create a slogan that sounded like Pete the Cat to encourage other students to recycle and keep their trash in the can instead of littering.
Our class created a recycle bin that asks people in the community to "Be Respectful to our World." The word respectful is a character education word that our school has been studying this year along with the word responsible. We have learned about our responsibilities as citizens to keep our community clean. When discussing the importance of recycling and cleaning up litter, our class wanted to create a bin that would show people what items you should throw away and items that can and should be recycled. Inside the can, there is a divider for trash and the other side recycle. We collected items around our classroom, school, and homes to place as recyclable or trash. First, each student helped paint an Earthly scene. We then sorted and discussed what items would go where on the can. Each student took a turn gluing their item they choose to bring. Our class is proud to present the recycling trash bin!
Our second grade classes collabortated together to make this fun, loveable bulldog! He is made out of old file folders, foam left over from a STEM project and reused glitter. Students brainstormed ideas for our trash can and did research on decorating trash cans. We voted as a grade level on the favorite ideas. One was for the bulldog and the other for the words on the collar saying Glitter, Not Litter! He is out and about advocating for a clean Missouri. His sign states, "A Clean Environment isn't No "Bull"... Dawg!!! He is also proudly carrying the No More Trash logo!
For this trash can the students came up with a great slogan, "Keep clean so the Earth will be green". The students created this project by painting the trash can blue, and adding flowers, butterflies, bees, crickets and a large picture of the Earth on the can.
The students decided on a catfish theme since the channel catfish is our Missouri state fish. There is one large catfish on the front with its mouth open. The students painted the catfish, outlined it with markers, and then glued on a paper tail and fins. The catfish has whiskers coming off the lid of the trash can as well. On the lid, there is a hook dangling by the catfish's mouth. There is a fishing pole made from a tree limb with line attached. The rest of the can features smaller catfish swimming around tree branches in the lake.
Making the cafeteria at CCLS more sustainable was a large undertaking this 2016-2017 school year. The CCLS Green Team enjoyed decorating their new Recycling bin with the theme, “Even little hands can make a big difference.” We researched the underused Steady Stream container behind our school and discovered it was affiliated with our association church. Thankfully, the church gave permission to add cafeteria recyclables to the container every day.
Peacock made from recycled cardboard feathers; pop cans for body and eyes; cardboard box lid and scrap material for nest; cardboard tubes and recycled shoes for legs; used candy box for head; magazine for eyelashes; recycle shopping bag with motto.
We completed our trash can design with the help of our combined preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade class. The students really enjoyed coming up with a theme. When they mentioned that Oscar the Grouch loves trash, we thought it was a great idea to incorporate that as the main theme in our trash can design. The students found information about Oscar, including his friend Slimy the Worm, and how Oscar has a sign on his trash can. We incorporated those aspects into the final design. We used scrap, recycled tissue paper and glued it to the scrap cardboard to form Oscar, Slimy, and the base.
The Green Leaders at New Haven Elementary school in grades Kindergarten, First and Second created this trashcan. The Green Leaders want all the New Haven Shamrocks to know that taking care of the Planet by recycling is a great way to leave a lasting "print" on our school, community and Earth. We hope others will join in as we lead our way to no more trash!