Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Created by: Courtney and Lauren
Webquest for a 5th grade class


  • Introduction

Everyday you throw away items into the trash. So do your family members, friends, neighbors and just about everyone on the planet. There are a total of 6 billion people on Earth (290 million in the United States) who regularly throw things away. Since so many people are throwing things away, we end up having a lot of trash. This creates a big problem, with an endless amount of questions which we must find ways to answer. How does trash impact our planet? Can we continue to live such a carefree lifestyle? What happens to the trash once it leaves our house? Are there ways to improve our planet? Each piece of trash that is thrown away affects not only the planet but also each human living on it. Through this webquest you will research more about reducing, reusing and recycling that will lead you to make a difference in the world.
  • Tasks

    • For a week you will try to reduce the amount of water you use during daily activities such as, taking a shower and washing your hands. You will blog about your experiences with reducing water and discuss the pros and cons you went through each day. You must post at least 5 blog entries.
    • Create a 3 minute commercial promoting recycling which should include materials that can be recycled. You will break up into groups of 5 students, and will be assigned different roles for the production of the commercial. The roles are as follows: director, writer, costume designer, music editor, and prop manger. The commercials will be posted on YouTube and viewed during class.
    • With a partner, come up with creative ways to reuse an everyday object. An example of this would be a jelly jar, which can be used to store money or other items. You can use Prezi or Photo Story to present your project to the class. The presentation must contain at least 4 uses for the object you pick. Each use of the object must be accompanied by a description of how it is reused and a picture.
  • Process

    • Task # 1
      • Step 1: Using the websites provided, define what the word reduce means.
      • Step 2: For 5 days, reduce the amount of water you use on a daily basis.
      • Step 3: Blog each day about your experiences with reducing water.
    • Task # 2
      • Step 1: Break up into groups of 5 students. Assign roles for the production of the commercial.
      • Step 2: Research the definition of recycling, what materials can be recycled, and ways to implement recyling.
      • Step 3: Production and filming of commercial.
      • Step 4: Upload commercial to Youtube and present to class
    • Task # 3
      • Step 1: Find a partner.
      • Step 2: Research different everyday objects that can be reused.
      • Step 3: Pick 1 object and create 4 ways that it can be reused.
      • Step 4: Take pictures of each way the object can be used.
      • Step 5: Create a Prezi or Photo Story project to present to the class.
  • Resources

  • Illinois Learning Standards

STATE GOAL 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in historical and contemporary contexts.

13.B.1d Identify and describe ways that science and technology affect people’s everyday lives (e.g., transportation, medicine, agriculture, sanitation, communication occupations).

13.B.1e Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.

13.B.2d Compare the relative effectiveness of reducing, reusing and recycling in actual situations.

  • NETS-S

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather evaluate, and use information. Students:
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information for a variety of sources and media.
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. Understand and use technology systems.
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Once this webquest is completed you will have discovered many ways to help make a difference with the planet. Hopefully, through each of these tasks it has provided you with knowledge of the 3 R's and how you can implement them daily. Now out the 6 billion people residing on Earth, you may have only lessened the amount of trash by a little but every bit counts! Go forth and pass on your findings to your friends and family and imagine how big of an impact this will make on Earth.