The Four Rs Action Program: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Rot educates students about the importance of conserving resources and reducing the amount of waste going to our landfills. Students in grades 3-5 participate in hands-on science experiments and activities about garbage entering our waterways, recycling, worm composting, reducing packaging and environmental justice.
The Four Rs Action Program consists of:
- Six classroom lessons
- An environmental action project
- Lessons that address California State Science and Social Science Standards
Hands-on classroom activities include building landfill models, sharing a picnic while analyzing packaging on lunch items, and investigating an active worm compost bin.
Students have the opportunity to reduce waste, conserve resources, and educate others about the Four Rs through an environmental action project. Action project choices include initiating a school-wide No Waste Lunch Day, setting up a classroom worm bin to compost lunch waste, and conducting a letter-writing campaign to urge companies to reduce packaging waste.
The Four Rs Action Program is also a teacher-training program. Teachers learn alongside their students and receive both a curriculum guide and an equipment kit to teach the program to future students. Up to eight Continuing Education Units are available through our partnership with California State University East Bay.
Please download the Four Rs Action Program Flyer and Application or call
KIDS for the BAY for more information.