Recycle In The Classroom: THE GREAT PAPER WASTE

Belinda Rawls Delano Elementary School
3937 West Wilcox
Chicago IL 60624

Christina Noran, Judy Lerner


This mini-teach is geared toward intermediate and upper grade levels.
The Child will be able to:
1. Examine their habits and calculate how much paper waste they
2. Determine what they can do to minimize paper waste.
3. Determine some alternatives to paper production and analyze the
advantages and disadvantages.
4. Understand that recycling is good, but not as good as reduction.
5. Recycle used paper to make new paper.


Blender(s) enough for each determined group you decide
4 sheets of office paper or
1-2 sheets of newspaper
6 window screens various sizes
Rolling Pins or Round cylinder cans ( determined by #'s of groups)
Newspaper Large quantity
Rectangular aluminum pans or plastic
Liquid Starch
Measuring Cups (1) per group
(1) teaspoon per group

Strategy Tear paper into small pieces. Put two cups into blender. Add at least four to five cups of water to blender. Two teaspoons of liquid starch. Cover blender before starting.Turn blender on to high for at least two to three minutes, or until you have the consistency of pulp soup. Place newspaper on table. Place screen inside pan. Pour pulp soup on screen and let water drain out. Carefully remove screen from pan and place on dry newspaper. Place second screen on top of pulp soup and using the rolling, roll out remaining water and carefully place screen on dry paper for at least 24 hours or until completely dry. Remove dry paper from screen carefully and develop your own art project. Performance Assessment: Student collection of paper to continue the recycling paper on Friday's. The students ability to follow directions. Students ability to use or add other recyclable mediums to make recycled paper. Conclusion(s): Can all types of paper be recycled in this same way? Are other process utilized to recycle paper?
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