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Green Learning Opportunities

Keep Norfolk Beautiful offers take-home education kits, in-person presentations and activities, as well as downloadable PDF's of lesson plans. Education Kits offer hands-on environmental education for Norfolk students that can be done at the student's pace. In-person presentations are available for schools, camps, organizations, and other education groups. Our education opportunities help build awareness and understanding of the human impact on the environment. For more information, contact us at knb@norfolk.gov or call 757-441-1347.

PreK-1st Grade - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • During this lesson, we read Let's Recycle and Let's Reduce Waste to learn what items can be recycled and what students can do to help our environment. The reading is followed by a show-and-tell type of activity where students are asked to identify if an item is trash or recyclable. Reading and activity take about 30 minutes.
  • Request an in-person demonstration.

K-1st Grade - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity Kit

1st - 2nd Grade - Henry the Heron

  • Plastics that end up on our roads, playgrounds, and even yards, often impact our local wildlife. A short story and activity will demonstrate the impact of plastics on our wildlife with special guest Henry the Heron. Students will also learn a fun way to remember the 3R's! Reading and activity takes about 30 minutes.
  • Request an in-person demonstration.

2nd - 6th Grade - Plastics in our Environment Education Kit

  • Plastics often end up where they don't belong. Unlike other materials, plastics do not break down. Instead, they become smaller and smaller over time and many animals mistake them for food. This kit introduces students to the many ways plastics can harm animals and encourages discussion to help broaden understanding. 
  • The 2nd - 3rd grade kit is designed around 3rd grade SOL's; Science 3.1 & 3.10.b. Math 3.2. English 3.6 & 3.7.
  • the 4th - 6th grade kit is designed around 6th grade SOL's; Science ES.2, 6.1 & 4.5.f. Math 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 4.2.b, 4.3.d & 4.4.b. English 6.4, 6.5, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7 & 4.9.
  • Request the 2nd - 6th Grade Plastics in our Environment Kit.
  • Request the lesson outline for 2nd-3rd Grade(downloadable PDF).
  • Request the lesson outline for 4th-6th Grade(downloadable PDF).

2nd - 4th - Grade Green Learning Book and Activity Guide Kit

  • Designed by AskHRGreen.org, the Green Learning book offers students environmental education with fun, hands-on activities. This Green Learning book is designed to meet third grade SOL's; English 3.10 & 3.4, Math 3.3, 3.4 & 3.15, Science 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9 & 3.10, and History 3.6 & 3.11.
  • Request the 2nd-4th grade Green Learning Kit.

3rd-5th Grade - Preventable Journey

  • Plastic grocery bags are not just found at the grocery store. Too often, we see them blowing down the street, stuck in a tree, or even floating down a waterway. During this activity, students will become the plastic bag and track where they go in our community. A discussion and brief storm drain activity will help enhance the student's understanding of the impact of plastic bags in our environment. Activities and discussion take about 45 minutes. 
  • Request an in-person demonstration.

4th Grade and Up - Enviroscape Landfill and Recycling DemonstrationPicture of Enviroscape Landfill and Recycling Model Opens in new window

  • The Landfill and Recycling Enviroscape is a tabletop demonstration of the functioning of a landfill, the impacts of landfill's on water quality, and the benefits of recycling. Discussion and demonstration take about 1 hour. 
  • Request an in-person demonstration.

5th-7th Grade - Green Learning Book and Activity Guide Kit

  • Designed by AskHRGreen.org, the Green Learning book offers students environmental education with fun, hands-on activities. This Green Learning book is designed to meet sixth grade SOL's; English 6.4, 6.6 & 6.9, Math 6.1, 6.2, Science 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7 & 6.9, and History 6.4. 
  • Request the 5th-7th Grade Green Learning Kit.

 

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The green learning doesn't end here. Check out our Green Living page for more information and resources on being green at home!