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Welcome Teachers!

Teacher Stuff - Resources for TeachersAs a Teacher, you have the ability to make a tremendous impact on waste reduction in the Salinas Valley. You can contribute to your community's efforts to reduce waste by educating your students about the 3RS (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and by modeling these practices in your classroom.

On this website, you can find information about bringing the highly interactive and informative school assembly program RecycleRama to your school. The Kids Section has lots of great information for your students and plenty of links to curriculum resources for you.

The SVSWA can provide resources to help you start recycling or to improve your current program. We also provide free waste assessments to schools that are interested in saving money and modeling environmentally responsible behavior for their students. Contact us today!

Free Assembly

RecycleRama is an exciting show brought to you by the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority. This 25-minute, highly interactive and informative school assembly program engages the audience, uses multimedia, and incorporates easily accessible learning tools. Recycling starts with our youth...and this inspirational event is perfect way to motivate students to learn about Recycling.

About The Show
"Recyclerama - The Recycling Game Show" is for audiences of all ages, but is specifically geared towards elementary and middle school students.

The show uses visual and oral recognition practices to easily get the message out. Much like call and response, the students are encouraged to answer questions directly related to facts they learned earlier in the show. In the Activity Round, students are asked to correctly identify the recyclable product and match it with its recycled counterpart. This use of tactile props further instills the association and direct correlation between the reusable/reused products.

The show itself is built around a gameshow theme, much like the events one sees on Nickelodeon. High energy and audience participation play integral parts in its success. This is not your ordinary assembly. It is bells, whistles, music and laughter provide education through entertainment; otherwise known as "Edu-tainment".


Curriculum Resources

US EPA Resources for Teachers
These resources will assist you in teaching your students about the waste we generate in our schools, homes, and communities—and what we can all do to make a difference! From classroom activities, to starting a school electronics recycling program, these materials will help you and your students learn what we can do to reduce and better manage waste in the world around us. Many of these resources are provided in both English and Spanish. 

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Provides lesson plans for integrating art and science into the classroom. The link above takes you to a fun project that creates birds from found objects. 

There's no machinery at The Imagination Factory, and smokestacks don't pollute the air. Instead, we teach children and their caregivers creative ways to recycle by making art. Visitors learn dozens of inexpensive ways to create art and crafts as they help save the environment. The lessons and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mache, marbling, crafts, and a special section for holiday art and crafts is featured. 

Princeton Online
Go Fish! Recycled arts lesson plan.

The Green Guide to Recycling Appliances and Electronics
Provides information on recycling appliances and electronics. Source was found by a student who is enthusiastic about recycling. Thank you Marcus!

A Kid's Guide to Recycling
A Kid's Guide to Recycling helps kid's learn why and how to recycle.

Living Green: A Guide to Recycling
Learn how to recycle electronic items.

Green Blogs for Kids
Learn about all things related to green living and recycling.