This section contains a list of lesson plans you can download for use in the classroom. The lesson plans cover a variety of topics, from natural resources to recycling and composting. Some lessons correlate directly to the Missouri Show-Me standards and are designated as such.

Recycling Relay

This activity challenges students to separate materials in a similar way to how it happens in real life. […]

Grade 5: Pick Up a New Attitude, Waste Watchers, Recycling Rules

If you're planning to teach a message on reducing, reusing and recycling this Earth Day, we have the lesson plans for you. EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden revised lessons originally designed by Keep America Beautiful, making them regionally specific and retailored with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning and correlation to state standards.

Grades 5 – 12: Household Hazard…or Safe?

For a print-friendly version, open attachments at bottom of page.  Print on both sides of paper whenever possible. Recommended grade level: 5 – 12 Presentation time: [...]

Grades 1 – 3: Trash Bag Relay

For a print-friendly version, open attachment at bottom of page.  Print on both sides of paper whenever possible. Recommended grade level: 1 - 3  Presentation time: [...]

Grades 4 – 8: Where Is ‘Away’?

For a print-friendly version, open attachments at bottom of page.  Print on both sides of paper whenever possible. Recommended grade level: 4 – 8Presentation time: [...]

Grades 3 – 5: World of Worms

For a print-friendly version, open attachment at bottom of page.  Print on both sides of paper whenever possible. Recommended grade level: 3 - 5Presentation time: [...]