A BASKETBALL COURT WITH MISSOURI WILDLIFE AROUND THE COURT WATCHING. IF YOU CAN MAKE A BASKET, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO MISSOURI WILDLIFE.
Kindergarten through second grade.
"Abracadabra! Make Trash Disappear"- The K-2 students transformed the trash can into a magician's hat with rabbit ears. The students wanted to promote no more littering by encouraging others to place trash inside the magic hat and "make trash disappear".
This year, when I received the information about the No More Trash Trash Can Contest, we were talking about different habitats, including the rainforest. We learned about the different animals that live in a rainforest and that is when our idea formed. We quickly gathered recycled materials to make our trashcan. We used old catalogs to use as the Paper Mache to make our toucan. The students had a lot of fun doing that because it was very messy! We talked about different plants that live in a rainforest also.
This contest is our culminating project for our journey "Between Earth and Sky" where we learn to care for the environment, plants and animals. We decorated our trash can using paint, chicken wire and tissue paper pomps, felt, foam, and a balloon for the tail. The girls decided to name the rabbit "Cutie."
This project was done with entirely recycled materials. The trash can was used in the contest the year before last. All of the paper products are recycled. The colored construction paper is scraps from previous art projects. The colored construction paper was cut into petal shapes for the flowers. The students glued the petals onto empty milk cartons that the students collected. Inside the milk carton is potting soil and flower seeds. When the seeds sprout, the students will plant them in the schools outdoor classroom.
The girls brainstormed & voted on ideas for their trash can theme: princess. The girls all brought items they thought would work for their theme. All materials are reused, recycled, or leftovers. The scouts constructed at a troop meeting. The dress is made of leftover girl scout bags from a previous service project. Thry found beads
We decorated our trash can to look like one of our favorite author's characters. We love Dr. Seuss and chose the Lorax because he likes to help our Earth also. We made the Truffula Trees, because the Lorax helps save them. If we have No MOre Trash, all of the plants and animals will be able to live healthy lives, just like the Lorax wants. We used recycled cardboard to make the Truffula Tree trunks and the Lorax. We covered them with construction paper and colored where we needed to.
Thinking of a theme, we wanted to use can rings that get dumped and can entangle animals reptiles or mammals in the ocean, but thought we needed to stay more "Missouri" so we decorated the side with the state of Missouri, state bird, St. Louis Arch, turtle, snake, raccoon and the Missouri license plate with the phrase "Do Local - Think Global." Then we decided to turn our trash can around and use a whale with a soda ring around its tail. We added a wave and many can rings to represent waves hitting the water.
Our school mascot is Blue the Bulldog, so we made our trash can a bulldogs head.
The materials that were used:
- Recycled boxes from the cafeteria food
- Paper from bulletin boards
- Paint brushes that are reused in the Art Room
- Screws to hold the head on the trash can – they are extra’s from projects the schools maintenance workers have done
- Oops paint from a home supply store
Our theme is “Can We Fix It”. We used poster board, colored pencils, crayons, paints. We laminated our pictures when the students were finished coloring them. Our trash can is located by our computer lab. This area is by the office and heavy traffic area for all grades in our district.