Children are growing up in a world that uses resources faster than ever before - our consumption and waste of paper, plastic, glass and aluminum are burdening landfills and is not ecologically sound. Thankfully, over the last couple of years, we have begun to make some progress in reducing, reusing and recycling.
Our Eco-Bag Activity Kit makes it easy and fun to teach children about the importance of practicing the three R's. Children color on their re-usable lunch bag using the stencils that we have provided. Each bag will be unique, but will include messages and logos that show the children's dedication to helping the environment. Each day that they proudly carry their reusable Eco-Bag rather than wasting a paper lunch sack, they will be part of the solution! (Bag measures approx. 8" wide x 9" tall, measurement does not include the strap length.)
Great for children ages 4 & up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Understand the "three R's" and how they impact our lives.
- Learn ways to help recycle and improve the Earth.
- Develop an understanding of where our trash goes, how global warming is affecting the Earth, and more.
- Take action.
- All the materials you'll need for each participant to decorate their own Eco-Bag, including colored pencils and special Eco-Stencils!
- Our Nature-Watch Activity Guide that provides everything instructors need to teach about resource conservation.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3, NS.K-4.6, and NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspective and Life Science.
Content Standard C: Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments. Humans change environments in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental for themselves and other organisms.
Content Standard F: Types of Resources (K-4)
The supply of many resources is limited. If used, resources can be extended through recycling and decreased use.
Changes in Environments (K-4)
Changes in environments can be natural or influenced by humans. Some changes are good, some are bad, and some are neither good nor bad. Pollution is a change in the environment that can influence the health, survival, or activities of organisms, including humans.
Populations, resources, and Environments (5-8)
Human activities also can induce hazards through resource acquisition, urban growth, land-use decisions, and waste disposal. Such activities can accelerate many natural changes.
Specific (California standards):
(K.3c) Students know how to identify resources from Earth that are used in everyday life and understand that many resources can be conserved.
(6.6b) Students know different natural energy and material resources, including air, soil, rocks, minerals, petroleum, fresh water, wildlife, and forests, and know how to classify them as renewable or nonrenewable.
(Health Standard 1.1.P.7) Discuss how individual behavior affects the environment and community.
(Health Standard 1.1.P.8) Identify materials that can be reduced, reused, or recycled.
(Health Standard 3.1.P.6) Discuss how reducing, recycling, and reusing products make for a healthier environment.
(Health Standard 5.1.P.6) Explain that all individuals have a responsibility to protect and preserve the environment.