Recycle for a Sustainable Earth

This learning scenario emerged from an extensively impressive Nature-Based Solutions MOOC. The learning outcomes of the MOOC supported with an eTwinning Project namely Happy Land. Students have a chance to gather eco-conscious skills.

In fact, recycling is an important issue for sustainable ecosystems and to leave a better planet for future generations.  For a sustainable society, recycling is a key competence to be learned. To achieve this, this learning scenario provides students with inquiry and a project-based learning environment in an interdisciplinary approach.

In this learning scenario

  • Age of students: 11-13
  • Teaching time: 5 hours
  • Online teaching materials: Padlet;; Canva;; Wordart;; Jigsaw Planet;; www.; Youtube; Westland documentary link; Quizizz:
  • Offline teaching materials: paper, board, glue, pencils, colouring pencils, scissors, fruits, vegetables, can of coke, plastic bottles, soft drink containers, gum, glass.
  • To achieve the goals of the objectives, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) learning approaches and STEAM will be used.
  • Learning objectives:

– Distinguishes materials as recyclable and non-recyclable,

– Be careful about usage of waste materials in their daily life,

– Inquires recycling in terms of waste sources’ effective management,

– Design a project regarding solid and liquid household wastes,

– Design a project about reusable materials to meet needs of poor people.

Students are engaged with the topic, recycle:

Students were asked the stricking questions:

“What is recycling?”

“Which materials are recyclable?”

“Which materials are non-recyclable?”

“What is the importance of recycling in terms of saving nature?”

After discussion, students will go out of the classroom to the school garden with several recycled and non-recycled materials like fruits, vegetables, can of coke, plastic bottles, soft drink containers, gum, glass, etc. In the school garden. Students buried their materials into the soil and signed boards there.

A selection of pictures from the project practice– The pictures are the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)

Students are explore the topic, recycle:

To gain information about recycling, students watch tutorials. They learn what is recycling, which materials are recyclable and non-recyclable, what are the methods of recycling. The teacher asks students concepts related to recycle and write on the board. With these concepts, students prepared a word cloud about recycling.

Students filled a Padlet answering to the questions “Which materials are recyclable?”, “Which materials are non-recyclable?”, “What is the importance of recycling in terms of saving nature?”, “What are the methods to recycle materials?”, “Create a poster regarding recycle and share it.”

Students create poster via Canva. Students created a puzzle with their posters.

The image is the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)

Students are explaining the topic, recycle:

To stimulate their learning and deepen their knowledge on recycling and waste management, the teacher makes students watch the documentary Wasteland. “Waste Land is a 2010 British-Brazilian documentary film directed by Lucy Walker. The film chronicles artist Vik Muniz, win over 50 other film awards including the International Documentary Association’s Best Documentary Award. (Smith, Nigel M., 2010,  McNary, Dave, 2010). 

It was planned for this learning scenario to visit Inert Waste Facilities Mamak/Ankara-Turkey, a waste management center. This visit could enable students to investigate waste management, energy production and greenhouses there.

Students elaborating the topic, recycle:

Students worked collaboratively in groups to make a project about recycling. They made presentations of their work.

A selection of pictures from the project practice– The pictures are the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)

Students are evaluated about the topic, recycle:

  1. Classroom observation; students’ participations, their answers, interests, works, reactions
  2. Peer evaluation of group work; after project work, students are asked to fill the peer evaluation form
  3. Presentation of the project product; students make a presentation of their project product
  4. An enjoyable quiz with the concepts of recycling on

The outcome of this lesson is to support students to be aware of the importance of recycling in terms of sustaining natural sources. Students will feel active participant solve the environmental problem in their nearby living places. Students will use Web 2.0 tools and enhanced their 21st-century skills and innovative skills.

6 thoughts on “Recycle for a Sustainable Earth

  1. Very nice work and amazing activities. I love it ❤️
    It was a great experience with you in happy land project.

    • Thank you Asma, you are very great, classy partner. It was really enjoyable, great work together.

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