FoodPrints Curriculum

Taking Care of the Planet


Conservation & Social Justice

Standards Alignment:

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

3rd Grade


Spring / April


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the impact of local recycling laws and waste reduction practices at their homes and schools. Students will study the recycling requirements in Washington, DC and create ways to communicate that information to their school community.  They will also learn how to make seed paper, one conservation tool. This lesson supports the DCPS 3rd Grade ELA Unit People, Laws and Democracy and the Social Studies Unit People, Politics and Power: DC Government.

Big Idea

We can work as a community for conservation.

Guiding Questions

How can we participate in conservation?

How can local government and citizens work together to recycle effectively?