1st Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Children will:

• Learn about the concept of recycling.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about recycling.
• Explore and apply the concepts of waste and recycling.

Language Objectives

Children will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of recycling.
• Orally use words that describe things we recycle.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how and why we recycle.
• Use key concept words [waste, recycle, plastic, glass; material].



• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that children are going to learn about recycling:
• What is waste.
• What is recycling.
• What can we recycle.
• How do we recycle.
• Why do we recycle.


• After the host introduces the slide show, point to the photo on screen. Ask children: What do you see in the photo? (trash, waste, a landfill). What is the most thrown away item? (paper).
• Ask children: Why do we have all this waste? (people throw everything away).
• Say: Waste is everything that is thrown out. There is a lot of waste because we throw away everything. However, some things can be re• used. Re• using things not only saves us money, but it creates less trash. Some of the waste is burned. But, burning the waste also harms the environment. So, usually waste ends up in a landfill. However, the more waste we have the more landfills we need. How would you feel living near a landfill? (answers will vary).

Guided Practice

• Guide children through the next three slides, showing them different things that can be recycled. Always have the children describe the benefits of recycling.


• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask children to talk about when their neighborhood's recycling day is. After the second game, have them discuss other things that are made of out recycled materials.


• Ask children: What happens to things that can't be recycled?
• Say: Some materials take a long time to break down. For instance, plastic doesn't break down. So, if we don't recycle plastic, it won't go away. Usually plastic and other materials end up on the ground, beaches, or in oceans and seas. Animals are also affected by these things. For instance, they can become caught in plastic soda can rings. Thus, recycling is important! Think about other ways that you can keep the environment clean.