6th 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 Sixth 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!

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 vermi-compost system and a “how to” book.

Science: 6.LS.1, 6.LS.2, 6.LS.3, 6.LS.4
English/Language Arts:
6.RV.1, 6.RV.2.1, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 6.SL.2.4

Recycle For Your Health!

Using a model students will discover how improper disposal and handling
of hazardous materials can affect an ecosystem.

Science: SEPS.2

Who Polluted White Lick Creek?

For those who love a mystery, this is a real “whodunit?”. Choose from a group of suspects and find out who polluted the creek and how. This program is about responsible disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes.

Social Studies: 6.3.12, 6.3.13
English/Language Arts:
6.RV.1, 6.RV.2.1, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 6.SL.2.4

Hatchet: A Book Study

This 4 session hands-on book study is complete with a classroom set of books is provided on a limited basis. Read Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet along with us as we learn what it would be like to survive in the wild like “Brian”. Use your resources to make shelter, solar ovens, and journals. Wrap it up by using what you’ve learned in a game of “Enviro-survivor”.

Social Studies: 6.1.16
English and Language Arts:
6.RL.1, 6.RL.2.1, 6.RL.2.2, 6.RL.2.3, 6.RL.3.1, 6.RL.3.2, 6.RV.2.1, 6.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 6.SL.2.4, 6.SL.2.5

“Recycled Pumpkins”

Scheduled only Sept-Nov. for schools with a working garden or out- door learning lab. Using pumpkins, your class will learn about the process of decomposition and how different factors affect the rate of it.

Science: 6.LS.1, 6.LS.2

Packaging and Materials Engineering

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

Science: 6-8.E.1, 6-8.E.2, 6-8.E.3

Pumpkin Chunkin’ STEM Activity

Using reused items like cans, popsicle sticks and rubber bands, students will construct a mini candy pumpkin catapult. Catapults will be tested for accuracy and power.

Science: SEPS.3, SEPS.4, 6-8.E.4

Innovation: It’s in the Bag!

Learn about the inventor of this modern marvel, the paper bag! If you could make something that could solve a problem, what would you make?

Science: 6-8.E.4

“Oh, Paper Tree!”

Make a tree from newspaper that can hold ornaments by using the engineering process.

Science: 6-8.E.1, 6-8.E.2, 6-8.E.3, 6-8.E.4

“Boat Challenge”

Using the engineering process, students will make a floating boat that can hold weight.

Science: 6-8.E.1, 6-8.E.2, 6-8.E.3, 6-8.E.4

Programs Just for Fun:

Dejunk Your Lunch!

Do a waste audit of your lunch and find out how to make less waste by de-junking your lunch.

Pop Bottle Science

Reinforce scientific concepts like gravity, states of matter, physical reaction, density, etc. in a fantastically fun and exciting way all while REUSING pop bottles! This is a great program to spark science fair project ideas. Warning: portions of this project will need to be done outside due to the high potential for a big mess!

T-shirt Bags

Make a reusable bag from one of your old t-shirts