We're using resources faster than we're replacing them. That's why Nature Watch created Eco-Solutions, one of the best ways we've seen to teach children how recycling can be fun, useful and helpful to the environment. Imagine the experience of making paper out of leaves, flowers, newspaper and other "throw-aways" without a blender. Mix that with fun games and you're delivering ecology in a way that sticks in students' minds. This project takes approximately 20-30 minutes to make the paper, and the paper can take a few hours to dry (it may take up to one day to dry if the weather outside is cool or humid, or if the paper is especially thick).
Ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Increase awareness of environmental problems.
- Allow individuals to discuss and express their concerns and viewpoints.
- Suggest some of the solutions that each individual can implement.
- Become part of the solution by making recycled paper.
- 5 paper screens, 2 trays, and 4 sponges that can be used time and again to make recycled paper out of scraps-a great take-home project!
- Books and resource materials that help enlighten instructors and inspire kids.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for activities, games and relevant projects.
- You supply just the recyclables.
For larger groups, simply add extra paper screens on to your order (see below).
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.
(Health Standard 7/8.1.P.10) Identify human activities that contribute environmental challenges (e.g., high-emission vehicles, water pollution, and noise pollution).