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Environmental Studies - 7th

Seventh Grade Lesson on Environmental Studies: The Importance of Recycling

Title: The Importance of Recycling

Compliance Standard: NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

Subject: Environmental Studies

Summary: This lesson will introduce seventh grade students to the concept of recycling and its importance in preserving the environment. Students will learn about the different types of materials that can be recycled, the benefits of recycling, and how they can actively participate in recycling efforts.

Topic: The Importance of Recycling

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the definition of recycling and its importance in environmental conservation.
  • Understand the benefits of recycling for the environment and society.
  • Identify different types of materials that can be recycled.
  • Recognize the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.
  • Apply knowledge of recycling to make informed decisions about waste disposal.


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led discussions, multimedia presentations, hands-on activities, and group work.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Projector or smartboard
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Recyclable materials (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, etc.)
  • Art supplies (markers, glue, scissors, etc.)
  • Worksheets and handouts


Step 1: Introduction (10 minutes)

Begin the lesson by asking students if they know what recycling is and why it is important. Engage them in a brief discussion to activate their prior knowledge.

Step 2: Definition and Benefits of Recycling (15 minutes)

Use a multimedia presentation to introduce the concept of recycling. Explain that recycling is the process of converting waste materials into reusable materials. Discuss the environmental and societal benefits of recycling, such as conserving natural resources, reducing pollution, and saving energy.

Step 3: Types of Materials That Can Be Recycled (20 minutes)

Show students examples of different types of recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum cans. Discuss how each material can be recycled and transformed into new products. Use visual aids and real-life examples to enhance understanding.

Step 4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (15 minutes)

Explain the concept of the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Discuss how reducing waste, reusing items, and recycling materials can help minimize the negative impact on the environment. Encourage students to think of ways they can practice the 3 R's in their daily lives.

Step 5: Hands-on Recycling Activity (30 minutes)

Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a variety of recyclable materials. Instruct them to create a recycled art project using the materials. Encourage creativity and emphasize the importance of repurposing waste. Allow time for groups to present their projects to the class.

Step 6: Reflection and Assessment (10 minutes)

Conclude the lesson with a class discussion on the importance of recycling and how the students can actively participate in recycling efforts. Distribute worksheets or handouts to assess their understanding of the topic. Encourage students to reflect on what they have learned and how they can apply it in their daily lives.


By the end of this lesson, students should have a clear understanding of the importance of recycling, the types of materials that can be recycled, and how they can actively contribute to recycling efforts. They should be able to make informed decisions about waste disposal and practice the 3 R's in their daily lives.

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16 days ago
NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

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