APRIL, 2015

The earth is turning green, and it’s time for us to GO GREEN!  This month you’ll discover all the great games, books, and materials you can create for your classroom from things commonly put in the trash.  You’ll save money and you’ll also model some powerful recycling behaviors for your students.

It’s interesting that once you start reusing materials you’ll get hooked.  Every time you put a plastic bottle in the trash you’ll hear it say, “Isn’t there another life for me?”  The food boxes will beg, “Use me!”  Bottle caps will ask, “Don’t you think your students could play a game with me?”

Here’s a free song download called “What Will I Be When They Recycle Me?” We also have a new flipbook with the song embedded. Just turn the pages and click at the bottom to play the song.

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Click here to download the free song. Click here to view the flip book. Remember to click on each page to hear the music.

What Will I Be When They Recycle Me?
(Tune:  “Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?”)

What will I be when they recycle me?   (Roll hands in a circle.)
What will I be when they recycle me?
What will I be when they recycle me?
I’ll come back to life—you will see!   (Clap your hands and then point your finger.)

I am an empty soda can  (Pretend to hold a soda can in front of you.)
Made of precious aluminum.
I can save lots of energy
If you will recycle me.  (Roll hands in a circle.)

I’m an old bottle of plastic   (Pretend to hold a plastic bottle.)
But I could be fantastic!
Toys, pipes, car bumpers, and much more—
That’s what my plastic is for.   (Roll hands in a circle.)

A pile of used boxes and papers we  (Make an invisible square in the air.)
Come from the precious wood of trees.
Recycled we’ll be as good as new   (Roll hands in a circle.)
And save some other trees, too.

I am a fine jar made of glass—    (Cup hands to make a bowl.)
Please don’t treat me like plain old trash!   (Shake head “no.”)
I’ll make new jars again and again
Recycle me—yes you can!    (Roll hands in a circle.)

Though we may look like old used stuff,   (Open palms.)
Stop, wait! Please don’t give up on us!  (Make sign language for “stop.”)
Think of the great possibilities—  (Put index finger on your head and tap.)
Recycle us, set us free!  (Roll hands in a circle and then throw up hands in the air.)

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Visit these websites with other recycling ideas:

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