We Future Cycle had the pleasure of taking the 4th and 5th grade students of Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle on an environmental Scavenger Hunt.
The students were eager participants and it was a huge success!
12 colorful boards were highlighting a series of environmental problems with some shocking data and pictures. Students read through the “Did you know?” posters and and while searching for clues, learned many details about their impact on the environment.
They learned just how Westchester County disposes of all of our waste by burning it into our air. They learned the effect of plastics on our environment and how bits of plastics end up in our marine animals and ultimately killing them. And they learned about the shocking environmental destruction that is caused by aluminum mining, all so we can wrap our sandwich ?! -shudder-
The students would scavenge through all of the information and find the answers to the questions on the questionnaire. We Future Cycle representatives guided students through the activity, helping them with difficult words and inviting them to think deeper into the topic. Students were very proud to finish the questionnaire and had a lot of fun while learning a great deal. Even though the activity was geared toward 4th and 5th grade, some 3rd graders were very excited to participate ….
Bringing environmental education through play to the students will ensure the longevity of the recycling program that is run in the lunchroom. Every day, students carefully sort their lunchwaste into compostable, recyclable and non recyclable materials, thus diverting a whopping 97% of their waste from the trash. Because if the heart knows why something is done, it is easy for the hands to do it.