We made a list of the helpers we wanted to learn about when we first discussed community helpers at the beginning of the year. Garbage Collectors were far and away more exciting to the boys than me. I even planned on skipping them, when the boys both drew garbage trucks on my birthday card...and then asked for trash trucks for Christmas. Through this study I was able to see again how much more children really learn when the subject is based on their true interests.
Above is a picture of when we walked around our neighborhood counting/graphing dumpster & trashcans. We have several small family restaurants near us so finding dumpsters wasn't too hard.
Circle Time Discussions-
- What would happen if we didn’t have garbage collectors in our city?
- T for Trash- make in shapes, trace in sand, draw on white erase board
- Trash truck
- Sanitation/cleanliness-germs in trash can make us sick
- rotten- observe old fruit
- Our own back yard on Trash pick up day;)
- Recycling Center
- Superior Waste Systems- I could not get anyone on the phone for a field trip s we drove to their parking lot later in the day when their pickups where done and jus t looked at the trucks through the fence
We saw many old TV's, computers, and tree branches recycled at the recycling center
- Color, cut, label and glue truck, trashcans, and dumpsters to map.
- Trash collage (glue piece of scarp paper I had been saving to a picture of trash truck)
- recycled art- make caterpillars from old egg cartons
- make a garbage truck our of several recycled paper shapes and glue on paper
- AB Patterning with cut out dumpsters and trashcans
- Do some patterns with blocks, trash? leaves?
- Take a walk around neighborhood and graph dumpsters and trashcans
- Use pattern blocks to build a trash truck
Book List (sorry I forgot to write down authors!)
"A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector"
"Garbage Collectors; In my Neighborhood"