Lesson Plans

Divert NS offers curriculum-based lesson plans tailored to the learning outcomes for Grades Primary to 6 in Nova Scotia. These fun, interactive plans will help teach youth about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – AND engage students to become environmental champions.

In May 2021, we added three new learning experiences that focus on fighting food waste:

Click here to download all 28 lesson plans (English only) or use the search function below to find lesson plans that fit your subject and grade level.

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  • Grade 3 ELA Science

    Compost Creators

    Grade 3  |  Subject: ELA, 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. It also aligns with Netukulimk (pronounced: ne·du·gu·limk)—the Mi’kmaw concept of respecting the natural world around us and not taking more than we need.

  • Grade 3 ELA Science

    Egg Carton Garden

    Grade 3  |  Subject: ELA, 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. Connections to Mi’kmaw practices of using plants for medicine are available. Note: This activity takes 2–3 weeks to have seeds transform into sprouts/small plants. TRY SIMILAR ACTIVITIES: See Compost Creators lesson plan as an option to create your own compost.

  • Grade 4 ELA Science

    How are Plankton, Plastic and Polar Fleece Connected?

    Grade 4  |  Subject: ELA, 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.

  • 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.

  • Grade 6 IC Tech Math

    Solid Waste Surveys

    Grade 6  |  Subject: IC Tech, 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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