This lesson was created for a course at West Chester University about including the use of technology in the classroom. Students will learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help make their school a go green environment.
This lesson is about students learning the importance of recycling, the impact it has on the environment, and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school on a regular basis. Students will research the effects of recycling using websites that are provided for them, and they will explore items that can be recycled in their category. They will also device a plan for their school to start or increase recycling. Their plan has to include a specific way that the item they are assigned can be recycled throughout the school. For example, putting paper bins in every classroom for students to recycle scrap paper instead of throwing it away in a trashcan. The students must make a poster explaining their plan creatively by using a poem, song, pictures, etc. They will present their ideas to the class as a group so all of the students learn the effects of each of the categories, and ways to recycle the objects. This webquest gives students the opportunity to use the internet, collaborate with peers, express their art abilities, think critically about affective strategies to actually get people to recycle, and teach their peers about what they have learned. The webquest works to show various students strengths because some students might be better at art and speaking infront of their peers, while others might be better at researching and planing, and so on. Also, students will have the opportunity to get out of their seats and move around to work on their posters and talk to their group members. Students will use their writing skills, critical thinking skills, art abilities, and cooperation skills to complete this webquest.
This webquest is designed for a fourth grade science lesson about recycling. Art is also touched upon because of the poster that students have to create, and their writing skills are used to describe their plan on the poster. Students will need to know what the basic idea of recycling is, how to work in groups, and how to use the computer to make this lesson successful.