Hutchings Elementary Kindergarten Students Learn All About Recycling

Hutchings Elementary Kindergarten Students Learn All About Recycling
Posted on 06/16/2016
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Kindergarten students in Lori Ott’s class at Hutchings Elementary learned all about recycling thanks to a recent project. Using the principals of project-based learning, students researched ways that people can recycle, reuse and reduce waste. As part of the project students also worked on their non-fiction writing and reading skills. Throughout the project, students kept a research notebook of all the things they had learned. Students also created an art project made from all reused items.

Once they were experts on recycling, the students set out to help persuade others to recycle, reduce and reuse. The class decided to create placemats that could be used at a local restaurant to help spread the word about recycling. Ott reached out to Big Boy of Howell and the restaurant agreed to partner with the class. The class brainstormed who their audience would be and each student designed an educational and informative placemat that provided tips on how to reduce waste and reuse items. The placemats are currently being used at the restaurant.

Project-based learning is a learning approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. It incorporates and integrates numerous subject areas in the school day.

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