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• In a world where so many things are disposable and considered just
   garbage, we come to understand and appreciate the value of recycled
   and reused objects, creating lifelong recyclers in the process. It’s a small
   and simple, yet powerfully effective way to take better care of our planet,
   and teach the importance of recycling and environmental responsibility.

• To make participants aware of the environment around them, and
   their role in its protection.
• To raise awareness of our responsibility to recycle, reduce, reuse
   and recover.
• To refurbish, repair and mend; to give new life to objects around us.
• To empower children with knowledge and strategies. To explore what
   can do as a group and individually.
• To incorporate into our daily lives our responsibilities towards our
   environment by changing our behavior and that of our children, students
   and the generations of tomorrow.

ENVIRONMENT
The conditions that you live or work in, which influence how you feel or how effectively you can work.
The office is bright and airy. It’s a pleasant work environment.
As a parent you try to create a stable home environment for your children to grow up in.

RECOVER
To get back something lost, especially health, ability, possessions, etc:
It took her a long while to recover (become completely well again) from/after her heart operation.

RECYCLE
To collect and treat rubbish.
To produce useful materials from those that have been discarded.

REDUCE
To make something smaller in size, amount, degree, importance, etc.

REUSE
To use something again.

MULTI-USE
Having many uses; that can be used in many ways.

TIME CAPSULE
A container holding objects considered to be typical of contemporary history or remarkable, which can be buried or sent up into space, for example, to be found and studied in the future.

 

Preliminary Activity #2: Garbage Gone but not Forgotten
- Student Handout to print: Garbage Gone but not Forgotten Student Handout to print: Garbage Gone but not Forgotten

Activity #2: Create an Art Box
- The Box
- Objects for the Box

Follow-Up Activity #2: Art and Frederic Back
- Internet: Frédéric Back Activist

 
Preliminary Activity #2:
Garbage Gone but not Forgotten


Read text: Garbage Gone but not Forgotten Student Handout to print
(Student Handout to print)

Group discussion
- What does environment mean?
- What is pollution?
- What do The 4 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,
   and Recover – multi use
) mean?
- Do you recycle?
- How do you recycle?
- Who in your family makes things?

Activity #2:
Create an Art Box

The Box
Find a discarded wooden or plastic or cardboard box.

This is a group project. Each participant will bring in 1 object.

In creating your Art Box, think about the objects you want to include. You must have a reason for choosing the different objects; is it something that is typical of the times you live in, or of your family? Maybe it is something that you believe will no longer be used or will become obsolete in the future.

Each object must be identified with an identification card (like the ones you see in a museum). What is the object made of? What was the object used for? When was it made? Who made it? Why did you choose it? How are you helping the planet by reusing this object?

Imagine that one day your children open the box; describe the reasons you did this and how it will help the environment. List 3 wishes you have for the environment.

Include the Art Box and written explanations in the art show. You can decorate the outside of the Box with spools, cones, fabric, string, Styrofoam, plastic webbing, paper, wire, tiles, wood pieces and other “found objects”.

Recycled objects can quickly become coveted treasures. Experimenting with “found” items, along with traditional learning materials, fosters creativity and creative problem solving. Because of their variety and abundance, they are an endless source of stimulation, limited only by our imagination.

Hold a closing ceremony to celebrate your Art Box at the Art Show (see Activity #5).

The group may decide to donate their Art Box to next year’s class, or to another group or organization. This will keep the concepts of recycling alive. Let’s see what the next group can learn and create with this box. Maybe they will refill it and pass it along too.

Follow-Up Activity #2:
Art and Frederic Back

Go to the Internet:
Frédéric Back Activist
(www.fredericback.com/artiste/position
/illusion-du-progres/index.en.shtml)

 


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