- The Berenstain Bears - "Don't Pollute (Anymore)"
Looking for something to do their environmental school project on, Brother and Sister visit Professor Actual Factual at the Bearsonian Institute. Not only do they discover that too much trash in Bear Country is a big problem, they also learn about endangered species such as the Bumbleberry tree - one of which Papa is intending to cut down to make a very special table. By showing them how to recycle eggshells as plant fertilizer, Mama helps the cubs discover that even little cubs like them can help reduce waste. Not only do the cubs spread the word to their friends who come up with their own ways to recycle, they help Papa realize he should help the environment by planting new trees instead of cutting them down.
- Caillou - "MACHINES! Brrrrrmmm! - As Good As New"
Caillou learns about 'recycling'--literally! When Caillou gets an eyeful of Leo's new bicycle, Dad suggests they shine up Caillou's bike and add new streamers and a new horn too!
Do in Class
- Arthur: Litter Crusade - Collect litter from around your house and yard and reuse it to decorate a playhouse. Learn about the benefits of recycling.
- Clifford: Recycling: Old to New - Make something old into something useful and new!
- EekoWorld: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse - Discover the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling. Learn new vocabulary, read labels, and connect environmental concepts to your everyday experiences. Perform a skit highlighting what you have learned about taking action to conserve the earth's resources.
- EekoWorld: Trash, Trash and More Trash - Investigate a bag of trash to find out how much of the contents of the bag actually needs to go to the landfill.
- Mister Rogers: Milk Carton Haulers - Make toys like this one from throw-a-ways around the house.
- Reading Rainbow: Jack, The Seal and the Sea - Become a community clean-up specialist with these tips.
- ZOOM: Junk Picture Frame - Recycle things around the house to make a junk picture frame.
- ZOOM: Recycling Paper - Make recycled paper. Turn newspaper into pulp and then back into new paper.
- ZOOM: ZOOM Into Action: You Can Help the Environment! - Start your own playground clean-up project.
- American Experience: Wayback: The Future - Use the Multi-Functional Plastics Production Lab (M.F.P.P.L.) to manufacture 18 items from five kinds of plastics and four process. Be sure to recycle any plastic remnants.
- Barney: Clean Up the Park - Help Barney clean up the park by putting items in the correct recycling bins.
- EekoWorld: EekoHouse - Tour an online house and look for ways to conserve energy, reduce waste and help the environment.
- Environmental Detective: Investigating Nature with Cards
By: Doug Herridge
Published January 1999 by Somerville House USA; Book and Access edition
This hands-on book will make a junior detective out of any student by looking closely at "evidence" all around them in their natural world. Among the activities are testing for acid rain, making an ant farm and starting a mini-compost pile. Kids will not only learn how to investigate but, will learn that they can make a difference, too.
- How Much is that Guinea Pig in the Window?
By Joanne Rocklin
Published September 1995 by Scholastic, Inc.
A class calculates how many bottles and cans they need to recycle to buy a class pet.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.