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Follow up on the information provided in the assembly with action-oriented activities in the classroom. Choose from a variety of workshop topics that are tied to Washington State Education StandardsDownload PDF , 350 K.

As part of the workshops or on their own, students can conduct a survey of their householdsDownload PDF , 362 K to determine how efficiently they are reducing their waste and separating recyclables from it. The survey is also available in SpanishDownload PDF , 200 K.

The presenter also provides the teacher with Green Team materials, including action project ideas and resources. Information to students about becoming a Green Team is provided on request.

Schools that receive the assembly can choose two to four of its classrooms to receive a follow-up classroom workshop from the selection below. Workshops vary from 50 to 60 minutes long and should be scheduled consecutively on a day following the assembly. Schools wishing to schedule Green Team workshops are not required to first schedule an assembly. Green Team workshops are 60 minutes long. Requests for an entire grade level to receive a particular workshop are considered and accommodated when possible.

Primary classroom workshops

Healthy Habitat - grades 1-3, 50 minutes

Students explore the basic components of habitat – food, water, shelter and space – through discussion, examples, and a game that introduces them to native Northwest animals and their habitat needs. Students make the connection between their own actions and a healthy habitat.

Rethink and Reuse - grades 1-3, 60 minutes

This hands-on workshop teaches students how using something again can make a difference for the environment. After a quick-paced activity that provides real-life examples of how to substitute disposable items with reusable ones, the class engages in a reuse project that shows how reusing can be both functional and fun.

Intermediate classroom workshops

Garbology - grades 3-5, 50 minutes

Through inquiry-based activities, students discover the simple science of decomposition and what happens to the things that we throw away. Students become "garbologists" as they learn about how our local landfill works and how and why practicing the 4Rs is important for a healthy planet.

Habitat Stewardship - grades 3-5, 50 minutes

This advanced habitat workshop introduces the concept of "stewardship," providing an in-depth look at the necessary components of habitat and our role in keeping it healthy. Students examine their personal choices and their impacts on the environment as they learn about several native Northwest animals and their habitats.

Let's Talk Trash - grades 5-6, 1 hour

How does your garbage affect natural resources, energy, and climate change? Students discover the connections by participating in a “talk show” hosted by the presenter. Students work in small teams and become experts on how recycling and waste prevention help save landfill space, conserve natural resources, and even reduce the factors that contribute to climate change. An optional pre-workshop home or classroom audit enables students to apply their ideas and solutions to their own school and community.

Our Climate, R Choices - grades 4-6, 1 hour

Based on the concepts presented in the assembly show, this workshop introduces students to the basics of climate change. Students investigate a product's life cycle and learn the connection between the manufacture, use, and disposal of everyday items and the creation of greenhouse gases. They learn how practicing the 4 Rs results in fewer greenhouse gases and how their own choices can reduce their impact on the planet.

Recicla Más, Spanish Language Recycling Workshop - grades 3-5, 1 hour

In this workshop taught entirely in Spanish and with the use of fun and engaging activities, students learn waste reduction practices and sort everyday items into things that can and can't be recycled. By the end of the workshop, students have learned how to properly recycle to avoid contaminating the bin of recyclables, and how to rethink their choices to reduce the amount of waste they create.

Green Team workshops

Green Team workshops are available to classes at schools that may or may not have had the assembly program. Classes that want to take on action projects that will help reduce waste in the environment are encouraged to sign up for a Green Team workshop. Green Team workshops are one hour long.

Environmental Leadership - grades 1-6, 1 hour

For students ready to become habitat stewards, this workshop assists them in planning a project such as picking up litter, organizing a waste-free lunch, adopting a garden, or conducting a stewardship project of their choice. Students may use writing, drama, or art skills to develop letters, posters, announcements, skits, or other techniques to share their messages with the larger community and encourage conservation behaviors.

Recycling Leadership - grades 3-5, 1 hour

For classes ready to be leaders within their school, this workshop goes beyond basic recycling. Through hands-on activities and games, students learn proper sorting of recyclables. They discuss recycling problems within the school and brainstorm ways to address them. Students consider ways such as research, skits, posters, videos or intercom announcements to address and solve school recycling problems.

These programs and services are available to schools in King County outside of the City of Seattle and are provided at no charge to the recipient.

To schedule a workshop, contact Triangle Associates at 206-583-0655 or

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Students learn simple ways to protect habitat.
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