Ask students to collect and repurpose recyclable materials to build something new!
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills and social awareness.
Divide your class into groups of 4–5 students, with the challenge of making something new out of something old! Each group should work together to collect recyclable materials from their homes and community.
Then, each group will repurpose their recyclables to build something useful for people (or even a character in a book!), such as a toy or game, birdhouse, organizer, instrument, planter, decorations, etc. Encourage students to get creative and imaginative with their ideas!
Invite students to share their projects with your Empatico partner class, either by facilitating a live virtual exchange or using a tool like Flipgrid. You might also use your Empatico Shared Folders to exchange photos and videos of your students’ projects.
Encourage students to describe the different materials that they used, how they worked together on their project, and how it will help others.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with the Merrills EDU.