IN-CLASS PROGRAMS

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Our In-Class activity kits and programs offer the ability to bring recycling into the classroom. Teachers book an activity kit or program by simply emailing Kristin at kyoshioka@richlandrecycles.com with 1) the desired kit number,  2) the number of students who will be involved with the activities or program, and 3) the date(s) desired. Please offer at least two dates for consideration. All kits and programs are reserved on a first come bases and follow COVID guidelines.

The lessons for both kits and programs coincide with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science, Grades 3-5. In addition, each has a focus on RCSW’s mission and emphasizes recycling. Programs  in alignment with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science are also available for grades 1 and 2 (see Lessons from the Lorax below). Call 419-774-5861 or email Kristin for details and for our Kindergarten options.

Teachers may opt to have RCSW’s educational specialist on site for the activity kits #1, 2, or 3 or to administer the activities without the specialist. An option for on-line interaction between the class and RCSW’s education specialist is also available. Kits #1 through 3 are delivered to the school prior to the reserved date and picked up the day after the reserved date.

Programs #4, 5, and 6 require RCSW’s education specialist (please see below). A Web-based interface may be available. Please schedule a Zoom Meeting for details. Email or call Kristin at kyoshioka@richlandrecycles.com or 419-774-5861 to book your event or meeting.


To enhance the use of the  activity kits, please click and review the following: Games, Videos, Crafts, and Edu Links page. 

In-Class Activity Kits #1, #2, and #3

#1  Understanding Plastics and Slime 

    1. Make a polymer slime from glue, water and borax. A Polymer is a molecular structure that can act as a bonding agent to create different forms of plastic as well as things like concrete, glass, and paper.
    2. Learn about the different kinds of plastics. Sort through a tub of materials that represent plastics #1 through #7. Discuss the pros and cons of different plastics, and discuss what is recyclable and what isn’t.  (Teacher guide provided with this activity or you may opt to go virtual with Kristin.)
    3. Take a break from plastic and reuse and repurpose an old puzzle with missing pieces by creating art from puzzle pieces!  Make a picture frame, a flower for mom and/or a handprint tree for dad.

#2  Understanding Plastics and Physical Change: Making Shrinky-Dinks with thermoplastic material.

    1. Witness physical change as the thermoplastic material shrinks right in front of your eyes! This activity gives new purpose to used plastics.
    2. Learn about the different kinds of plastics. Sort through a tub of materials that represent plastics #1 through #7. Discuss the pros and cons of different plastics, and discuss what is recyclable and what isn’t.  (Teacher guide provided with this activity or you may opt to go virtual with Kristin.)
    3. Take a break from plastic and reuse and repurpose an old puzzle with missing pieces by creating art from puzzle pieces!  Make a picture frame, a flower for mom and/or a handprint tree for dad.

#3  Paper, Planter and Magnets

    1. Make paper with your very own hands! Create a project centered on repurposing used office paper for new craft paper. You may opt to add flower seeds into your students new paper so that the paper can be planted later.
    2. Reuse paper to make a plant pot out of newspaper to start growing mom’s or dad’s summer garden or make a terrarium out of a plastic bottle for your very own room.
    3. Take a break from paper to seek out that which is magnetic!  This multifaceted activity includes the importance of magnets in recycling; properties of magnets; and how they are used every day.

Programs #4, #5, and #6: In-Class and/or Tours require RCSW’s education specialist. Students may interact directly and in person with RCSW or through a web-based interface such as Zoom if COVID restrictions limit face-to-face interaction.

#4 Lessons from the Lorax: In-Class or Field Trip with Tour options

RCSW’s educational specialist discusses Dr. Seuss’s 1971, Random House story about the Lorax who speaks for the trees as the ecosystem of the Truffula Trees is destroyed by the Once-ler who brings about environmental destruction for a silly invention that everyone thinks they need.

The environmental lessons within the story are presented visually through modern day examples related to the story. Greenhouse gases such as water vapor; carbon dioxide and methane; and the greenhouse effect become a central focus for discussion. This discussion weaves into the presentation vanishing species; the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle; and more.

The class may be structured for either a 30/45/or 60 minute presentation. The longer presentations include games and activities that invite students to create nature themed DIY crafts.

This presentation is designed for your classroom. However, if teachers opt to integrate a tour to the landfill, RCSW’s Compost Facility or Gorman Nature Center into this program, the 60 minute program will be conducted at RCSW.

#5 Dinosaurs Protecting Our Planet: In-Class or Field Trip with Tour options

Students learn about reduce, reuse, and recycle through group game play. Students must be divided into about 5 discussion groups prior to the arrival of the education specialist or scheduled online interface. This program is guided towards student led discussions.

Students will learn about natural resources; how to reduce by using less; creating new uses for things that have been used – like egg cartons, paper towel tubes, and plastic water bottles; and how to recycle everyday items the “dinosaur way.”

Students will have the opportunity to repurpose everyday household items that they bring to class and/or create a poster for the 2022/2023 recycling poster contest.

If teachers opt to integrate a tour to the landfill, RCSW’s Compost Facility or Gorman Nature Center into this program, the program will be expanded and conducted at RCSW. Please click here for the description of the field trip program.

#6  Building a Sustainable Community: In-Class or Field Trip with Tour options

This program is a scaled down version of the Field Trip Program. Students must be divided into  4 or 5 groups prior to the arrival of the education specialist. Model building with emphasis on teamwork is the focus of this In-Class program geared towards understanding community engagement and the success that comes from recycling when working together. Discussions related to natural resources, renewable energy sources, recycling, litter, and landfill construction occurs. Please click here for more information. This program is best suited to take place at RCSW.


Please call or email Kristin with your questions and for the potential of a specialized program designed just for your class! She can be reached at 419-774-5861 or kyoshioka@richlandrecycles.com.