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Author

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

Grades

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Projects

Regional Focus

Global

At-Home Upcycle Projects from Climate Superstars

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Synopsis
  • This resource provides instructions for six upcycling projects that will turn discarded items into something useful. 
  • Each project includes step-by-step instructions with pictures. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • These six projects are easy to do with elementary and middle school students.
  • Making bird feeders or shirt coasters would be an excellent introduction to the concept of upcycling. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Each project requires different materials.
  • Younger students will need assistance with some of the projects.

Differentiation

  • After creating a project together, students could find something in their home or school that is frequently thrown away and find a way to upcycle it as a project.
  • Students could hold an "Upcycled Fair" to display their creations. Students could provide written directions for visitors to take home to complete their own upcycle project.
  • Other resources on this topic include this ClimateScience course on personal actions that fight climate change, this video on recycling challenges, and this video on an e-waste recycling business.
Scientist Notes
Materials like pins, wire cutters, scissors, and adhesives used in these activities can cause injury to students if not properly monitored by an adult. The resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, or other living things in the local environment.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 1 - Students will generate, develop, and refine artistic work.
      • A.A.Cr.1.e Explore studio skills, techniques, materials, tools, and elements and principles of art and design.
      • A.A.Cr.3.e Create works of art that introduce students to media, care of tools, and basic craftsmanship skills.
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