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Divert NS has partnered with teachers, regional waste educators, and recycling experts to create curriculum-based lesson plans tailored to learning outcomes for grade primary to six of the Nova Scotia school system. These fun, interactive plans will make it easy for educators to incorporate reducing, reusing, recycling, and diverting waste into classroom curriculum!

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  • Grade 1 Science

    What is it Made of?

    Grade 1  |  Subject: Science

    Learners will determine the properties of everyday objects through a variety of hands-on activities. Students will use this information to help them understand how recycling works through a “cut and paste” activity.

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  • Grade 1 Science

    Waste Comes Alive

    Grade 1  |  Subject: Science

    Students collect waste items from school and make them “come alive.” Students will develop a creative biography for their garbage buddy, and learn what the item can be recycled into after it is collected.

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  • Grade 3 Science

    Compost Creators

    Grade 3  |  Subject: Science

    This lesson goes beyond the classroom and into the schoolyard as students will build a fully-functional compost pile. This hands-on lesson teaches students about the properties of soil and how composting is important to the environment.

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  • Grade 3 Science

    Egg Carton Garden

    Grade 3  |  Subject: Science

    In this hands-on lesson, students will plant a seed in an egg carton containing a soil/compost mixture, and then watch it sprout! Students will learn about the science of composting, as well as the importance of composting at home and at school.

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  • Grade 4 Science

    How Plankton, Plastic and Polar Fleece are Connected

    Grade 4  |  Subject: Science

    Learners will investigate how plastic is formed and how recycling helps create a clean environment. Learners will create a commercial to demonstrate their new understanding of the process from plankton to plastic to polar fleece.

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  • Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Health

    Recycling Rock Stars

    Grade 4, 5, 6  |  Subject: Health

    In this interactive lesson, students will get creative by rewriting the lyrics to a popular song to promote recycling. Students will learn how recycling is connected to sustainable development.

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  • Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 ELA

    Slammin’ Slogans

    Grade 4, 5, 6  |  Subject: ELA

    This hands-on lesson teaches students about textile recycling in Nova Scotia. Learners create a slogan to encourage textile recycling, which is then placed on T-shirts and displayed within the school.

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  • Grade 6 Math

    Garbage Collectors

    Grade 6  |  Subject: Math

    Students learn about the amount of waste generated and recycled in Canada. After a week of collecting their classroom waste, students sort it properly to determine what per cent of the waste is recyclable.

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  • Grade 6 Science

    A Recipe for Electricity: How Natural Resources can Power your House

    Grade 6  |  Subject: Science

    Through engaging hands-on activities, students will learn how electricity is made from renewable and non-renewable sources. Students will draw, act, create models, write poems, or write stories to explain how electricity can be generated from organic material.

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  • Grade 6 Math

    Solid Waste Surveys

    Grade 6  |  Subject: Math

    In this engaging math lesson, students learn about percentages through recycling activities. Students create an online survey to assess their classmates’ recycling habits and analyze the data.

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