Recycle and Create

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To demonstrate their knowledge of recycling and reusing materials, students in Noreen Paccione’s third-grade class at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary made their own paper using recycled paper products they collected.

In the weeks leading up to the Earth Day activity, students learned about the process of making paper and collected various recycled paper materials including magazines, greeting cards and notepaper. After allowing the paper materials to soak overnight in water, students made pulp by mixing the saturated paper in a blender and pouring the pulp into large binds. Students scooped the pulp with a rectangular sieve to create the ‘paper’ shape put on towels to dry.

“I do this activity every year because I just want to celebrate our earth,” said Paccione. “This is a simple hands-on learning activity that demonstrates how important it is to recycle.”