Decorate and deliver collection boxes to each classroom and create posters to advertise the project.
• Discussion Questions: What happens to crayons when people are finished using them? Can crayons be recycled? Why would that be important? How can your old crayons help someone else? How do crayons go to landfills and why is it good to recycle? How can crayons be melted down into new crayons? Explain what constitutes a “used” crayon. You can also use these discussion points as part of your English Language Arts Standards for Common Core in the form of listening to delivered information and asking comprehension questions or as (Production and Distribution of Writing) Reading Information and Comprehension exercises.
• The Day the Crayons Quit: There are some really great picture books called The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home that would be excellent literature connections for the campaign and would appeal to the younger grades. For Common Core Standards relating to these books (k-5) please visit http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ CrayonsGuide-revised15-nocrops.pdf.
• The Wonderment: This is a wonderful site that offers creative project challenges to kids. The Wonderment has created a specific challenge for The Crayon Initiative users. The specific project can be found at https://thewonderment.com/path/color-something-new/. The theme of the challenge is “If you could make something exist just by drawing it, what would you draw first?” After your students complete the assignment, just upload their drawings to the site!
• Decomposing: Include crayons in your Next Generation Science Standards Decomposition lesson. Here is a great example of a lesson plan: http://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/ reducing-san-franciscos-landfill-waste.
• Color Sorting: Instead of having a single bin, invite the children to bring in shoeboxes and used crayons from home. Have the students draw things representing each color. Then cut out the drawings and decorate the color boxes. Have the children sort the colors throughout the collection period. You can also use these crayons as addition and subtraction visual aids in Common Core Math lessons. ***Note: We sort colors into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black and “everything else”.
• Information Writing: Students can write a how-to or information book about crayons.
• Persuasive Writing: Students can write a persuasive piece naming the best color crayon and why. Take it one step further and have an in-class debate.
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