List of 3rd Grade Activities

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Listed below are the activities offered in our Third Grade Environmental Classroom Program.  

Magnetic Pull:  New for 2020! Students investigate with magnets by testing the pull and finding if the force is strong enough to travel through non-magnetic objects. Guess how this relates to recycling…! It is all part of the lesson!

Plastics 1:  Students make a polymer chain, then make a polymer slime from glue, water and Borax.

Plastics 2: Students sort plastics and make a shrinky-dink with a thermoplastic.

Worms:  Examine worms and their habitats, including the microscopic creatures who live with them. Learn how essential worms are to composting!  (This project works best  with the Compost Jar activity.)

Compost Jar:  Students make a bottle composter and worm habitat; examine compost; and identify compost creatures.  (This project works best with  the Worms activity. When completed early in the school year, students can see the decomposition process!)

Paper Making:  Following the manufacturing process, students make their own recycled paper. 

Garbage Pizza:  Students make a pie graph with trash samples that represent what is in a person’s average garbage.

Earth Smart Recycling Game:  Students use the board game format to learn about recycling.

Household Hazards:  Make a baking soda and vinegar rocket to observe reactions. Students will also work on a Waste Wheel that they can complete when they return to class.

Trash History:  Students become archaeologist, identifying the period in which artifacts are found. Then they discover ‘The Stories Trash Can Tell’.

Reuse Crafts:  Make Nylon Stocking Earth Babies, Puzzle Piece Picture Frame, and Newspaper Plant Pots out of household products!