Elementary School Programs and Activities
Activities by Grade
Evaluation Bag: Students will be able to discuss why litter is undesirable
and state that littering is a behavior that can be changed.
Way to School: Students will go on a walk and put into action
picking up litter. The goal for this activity is littering behavior, not the
Mystery: Students will identify littering and what is wrong with
throwing trash on the ground.
Surprise: Students will touch and describe various objects that help
them better understand the concept of reusing and recycling. A kit with most
materials needed to conduct this activity is available on loan for free at Keep
Dictionary: Students will be able to describe special properties of
litter and waste objects and tell whether these items are recyclable or not.
Junk Art: Students
will discover that “junk” or discarded materials can be made into beautiful and
interesting art. Students will collect items and create a piece of art while
learning to correctly use the terms reuse and repurpose.
Waste: Students will be able to identify and describe waste
material in their environment and compare items which can be useful when reused
Literature: Students will follow along as the book The Wartville Wizard is read aloud. Students will use clues from
the story to answer questions about litter and the books plot. A discussion
will be held about experiences with litter.
Contact Derek Wholihan at [email protected] to
schedule this activity.
Talk: Students will be able to understand the attitudes that
predominate people’s thinking about litter and identify the sources of litter.
Waste Audit: Students
will be able to identify the major waste components of the school. They will be
introduced to the idea of where waste goes once it leaves the school and they
will have an understanding of the quantity of waste and recyclables.
Litter: Students will be able to identify and explain the purpose
of rules and sanctions against littering. They will make rules and sanctions to
prevent litter by choosing from alternatives while improving their ability to
cooperate with others and to problem solve.
Shelter: Students will be able to explain how litter can provide a
way for animals to meet their needs and describe the harmful consequences to
animals and to human health when animals make their home in litter.
our Attitudes: Students will be able to plan and implement a litter
prevention campaign and create a program to reward desirable behavior.
Source: Students will be able to identify seven sources of litter and
reason how littering takes place at these sources.
Litter: Students will be able to identify specific places in their
community where litter exists and hypothesize the most effective places for
trash containers. Students will improve their ability to analyze maps.
Enviroscape Model: Keep
Columbus Beautiful offers in class presentations with the Enviroscape Watershed
Nonpoint Source Pollution Model. In this activity, students will learn how
water pollution occurs. Students will litter the streets on the model and spray
water to mimic rainfall while using a fan to mimic wind. Students will watch
the litter and contaminates make their way to the storm drains, flow over
hills, and make their way to our streams, rivers, and oceans. This will
demonstrate the consequences of our actions to our environment.