3rd 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 Third Grade Standards


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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?

Social Studies: 3.2.1, 3.2.5, 3.3.12, 3.4.7
English/Language Arts: 3.RL.2.1, 3.RL.2.3, 3.RL.4.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.2.4, 3.SL.3.1, 3.SL.3.2

Packaging and Materials Engineering

Students become Materials Engineers to solve the problem of sustainably packaging common substances using different materials.

Science: 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.2, 3-5.E.3
Social Studies: 3.2.6, 3.2.7

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: 3.LS.3
English/Language Arts: 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.2.3, 3.SL.2.4, 3.SL.3.2

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 also 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: 3.2.5, 3.4.7
English/Language Arts:
3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.2.4, 3.SL.3.2

Garbage Pizza

Have you ever wondered how much space cardboard, plastic or paper take up in the landfill? This is a fun way to learn math and science at the same time!

Math: 3.NS.3
Social Studies:

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.

Social Studies: 3.2.5, 3.3.10, 3.3.13
English/Language Arts: 3.RL.2.1, 3.RL.2.3, 3.RL.4.1, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.3.2


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

Social Studies: 3.2.5
English/Language Arts: 3.RL.2.1, 3.RL.2.3, 3.RL.4.1, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.3.2

Jingle Bell Maze

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

Social Studies: 3.2.5
English/Language Arts: 3.RL.2.1, 2.RL.2.3, 3.RL.4.1, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.2, 3.SL.3.2


Re-Used Pop Bottle Terrarium

In this program we will teach students a practical approach to reusing. 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 third grade standards.

Science: 3.LS.2

Water Pollution and Freddy the Fish

Follow the journey of our friend, Freddy the Fish, as he meanders down a stream.  Discover different sources of point and non-point source pollution and how to stop it.

Social Studies: 3.2.5, 3.3.13

The Reindeer Flight Challenge

Using the engineering process, we will make a reindeer fly with a reused tp tube.

Science: 3-5.E.2, 3-5.E.3

Boat Challenge

Using the engineering process, we will make a boat from reused trash.

Science: 3-5.E.2, 3-5.E.3

Purdue University: The Nature of Teaching

“Food Waste from Farm to Fork”
From a unit that “highlights the resources required to produce food and the food  wasted along each step of the food production system.”

Math: 3.NS.1, 3.NS.3, 3.C.1, 3.DA.1
ELA-Literacy: 3.RF.5, 3.RN.2.1, 3.RN.3.1, 3.SL.3.2

“The Apple Falls Far from the Tree”
“This unit is designed to teach students about food waste and ways they can help reduce it.”

Math: 3.NS.1, 3.NS.3, 3.C.1, 3.DA.1
3.RF.5, 3.RN.2.1, 3.RN.3.1, 3.SL.3.2


Students will “discover” what’s in a random bag of artifacts (reused objects) salvaged from a home and create a story using the objects for inspiration for time, setting, conflict and character.

English/Language Arts: 3.W.3.3, 3.SL.4.1, 3.SL.4.2