Natural Resources and the Three Rs

The overall purpose of this unit is to help our students develop a sense of responsibility in taking care of our earth and make them aware of how their actions will affect the future. The purpose of this unit is to teach students about the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle): identifying what they are and understanding why we should practice them. It also teaches them what natural resources are and the importance of conserving them.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)

Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Trash & Treasure Play

City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services


Essential Question

  • Why is conserving our natural resources important?
  • How would our world be different if we didn’t practice the three Rs?

Enduring Understanding

  • Practicing the three Rs reduces the amount of waste in the environment.
  • Practicing the three Rs help conserve natural resources, landfill space, energy, and our environment.

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts