1st Grade

Important Note: If you wish to select different programs for different dates, you may do so. However, you may only process one date/time request with each program selection session. This means that you MUST select the FIRST date/time you are requesting noting ONLY the programs requested for that specific date/time, then click "check availability" and return to the page to select the NEXT date/time for additional programs. Once all dates/times and programs have been submitted, you may process the order to complete the request.

Programs that Correlate with First Grade Standards

    Please select the programs you would like to schedule.

Our goal is to teach youth about waste reduction and environmental responsibility. Many of our programs meet or correlate with Indiana’s Academic Standards. This brochure outlines those programs that best relate to the grade level standards for your class. Review the programs listed below and contact us to get your in-class visit scheduled. We look forward to working with you!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink

Learn the basics of recycling! What can we recycle? How can we recycle it? Where can we recycle it? And why should we recycle it?

Science: ESS.4
Social Studies: 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.9
English/Language Arts: 1.RL.1, 1.RL.2.1, 1.RL.2.3, 1.RL.4.1, 1RL.4.2, 1.RV.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3

Litter: Pick it Up, Don’t Pass it Up!

What is litter? Where does it come from? What can you do about it? Find out with this interactive litter prevention program. Weather permitting, this will include a litter clean-up around the school grounds.  We will add in a new book about the affects of plastic pollution on wildlife along with a hands-on activity.

Science: ESS.4
Social Studies: 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.9
English/Language Arts: 1.RL.1, 1.RL.2.1, 1.RL.2.3, 1.RL.4.1, 1.RL.4.2, 1.RV.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3

STEM Challenge: Architecture

Plan, Build, and Test a house from reused/repurposed materials with inspiration from “Iggy Peck Architect”. Students will work in teams and be given a certain amount of time and materials to construct a home.

Science: K-2.E.1, K-2.E.2
Social Studies: 1.3.9, 1.4.4
English/Language Arts: 1.SL.2.3, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.3.1, 1.SL.3.2,1.SL.4.2

Worms Are Still Eating My Garbage

Scheduled only Sept.- Nov. Learn about the red worm and how it turns garbage into compost. If desired, the class is left with a working vermicompost system and a “how to” book.

Science: 1.LS.2
English/Language Arts: 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3

Treasure Walk

Go on a treasure walk with us! We will be talking about one of our favorites, “Tiny, Perfect Things” by M.H. Clark. When you look for for the tiny things, you care about them. And when you care about them, you do things to protect them.

Science: 1.ESS.4
Social Studies: 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.3, 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 1.3.9
English/Language Arts: 1.RL.1, 1.RL, 2.1, 1.SL.2.3, 1.SL.2.4


Read along with us as we enjoy “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires.  We will make our own Junkbot from reused items you might find around the house. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time.

Science: 1.ESS.4, K-2.E.1
Social Studies: 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.9
English/Language Arts: 1.RL.1, 1.RL.2.1, 1.RL.2.3, 1.RL,2.4, 1.RL.4.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.4.3


How Do They Do That?

What happens to the “stuff” we put in our recycling bin? It can find new life as lots of fun and useful things. This program explains the difference between making things from natural resources and recycling. Lots of samples of recycled content items are included in the program!

Social Studies: 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.9, 1.4.1, 1.4.5
English/Language Arts: 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3

Re-Used Pop Bottle Terrarium

In this program we will teach students a practical approach to reuse. Students will construct their own terrarium out of an old water bottle. Students will plant seeds in their terrariums. Teachers will then be welcome to have students monitor these over time to assist with meeting first grade standards.

Science: 1.LS.1, 1.LS.4

Compost Stew

Using a rhyming story book, this programs introduces students to the merits of waste reduction through composting. Participants witness compost in action, and work together to create a healthy compost system through an interactive model.

English/Language Arts: 1.RN.2.1, 1.RV.1, 1.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.3.1, 1.SL.3.2
Social Studies: 1.2.3, 1.3.9, 1.4.4

Jingle Bell Maze

Create your own maze with a reused shoebox and see if you can get the lost bell back home.

Social Studies: 1.2.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.7, 1.3.9
English/Language Arts: 1.RL.1, 1.RL.2.2, 1.RL.2.3, 1.RL.2.4, 1.RL.4.1, 1.SL.2.3, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.3.1, 1.SL.3.2, 1.SL.4.3

Book Bins

Book bins can be checked out by teachers for a two weeks.  The bin includes a book with a STEM or environmental message and materials to do a related craft or STEM Activity.

English/Language Arts: 1.RC.1, 1.RC.3, 1.RC.4, 1.RC.6, 1.CC.1, 1.CC.3, 1.CC.4

Social Studies: 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 1.C.3, 1.E.3
Science: K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3

Environmental Lending Library

Please take advantage of this free program. We will deliver the traveling bin full of environmental books, videos, games and music. The bin will stay at your school for 1 month during which teachers and students can check out materials to use in the classroom!

Traveling Environmental Program Bins:

Are you interested in Environmental Programs but find you have little time to have a guest presenter? Let us help! We have developed the Traveling Environmental Programs to help you access the information and programs on a limited schedule. We have the following bins available for First Grade: Reduce Reuse, Recycle

If you are interested in checking out one of these program bins, please contact Amy at asieferman@recyclehc.org