This activity guides students through the process of using old waste paper (such as newspapers that have been pre-processed by the teacher) to create recycled paper to which seeds are added. The activity is simple (although it requires some preparation from the teacher) and focuses on concepts of waste and recycling. This activity is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.7.K-2 Identify ways to take action to help address local, regional, and global problems.