|Name of Activity||The 3 R’s|
|Keywords||reduce, reuse, recycle, paper, impact, environment|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Teach students about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Then take scraps of paper and make a new sheet of paper.|
|Lesson Objectives:||Teach students how to lower their impact on the environment by using the 3 Rs.|
|Materials Needed:||Old scraps of colored paper, sponge, window/nylon screening, wood frame, plastic tub, blender, paper blotters, glitter/leaves/moss/Halloween decorations, deckle, rolling pen, hair dryer/microwave, rags.|
|Preparation and Set Up:||Take window screens and popsicle sticks and make frames with the screens in them. This is to be able to collect the paper pulp from the water tub in “sheet” form.If you have enough materials to make screens for each kid, that would work well since sometimes the paper pulp gets stuck and you have to re-do it.
This activity is messy- towels for the floor might be a good idea.
Try out different speeds on the blender to figure out which one makes the best pulp.
|Procedure||Go over the 3 Rs with the overhead. The worksheet provides step by step directions for making the paper. At the end of the overhead doc, there is another worksheet that you can give to students to do after they finish making their paper. Most kids will want to watch the others, though.|
|Modifications:||You don’t really need the hair dryer if you are willing to let the paper dry overnight. Also- the worksheet has a step about putting the paper on felt and using a rolling pin to dry it- don’t do this- it wrecks the paper. Just let it dry on the screen.|