School Curricula

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #4-Hazardous Homes

All aboard as NRRA's SHIP Captain commands green cleaning techniques for swabbing the deck. The first step to implementing the green cleaning protocol is to discuss the meaning of the word 'hazardous' (4-6). The next step is to inventory the cleaning products on board and map the location of these products from bow to stern (7-8). For entertainment, comedian Scott The Recycle Guy, shares his fact-finding hazardous waste missions (4-6). NRRA's parting gift for SHIP #4 is "Toxic Showdown" (Art by Mark Bennett.

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #3-Packaging & Nonrenewable Resources

NRRA's third SHIP voyage continues to explore packaging as we head toward Sweden to learn how to turn garbage into energy (4-6). The fun activities scheduled for this journey include making ice cream in a bag (7-8), and bowling on deck using plastic bottles as the bowling pins (K-3)! The lessons learned on this voyage reveal that natural resources are limited and investigate how long our natural resources will last. Students will compare estimated life expectancies of some nonrenewable natural resources (9-12).

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #2-Litter, Food Waste and Packaging

NRRA's SHIP Lessons have left the dock for a second voyage. On this voyage, NRRA explores the differences between human-made and natural litter by taking a litter walk (K-3) when we pull into our first island port. After lunch, students measure and categorize their lunch waste and reveal all the things being thrown away (4-6).  On the return voyage, students discuss how some types of packaging are better for the environment than others and analyze their waste producing habits in order to begin changing them (9-12 ).

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #1-Solid Waste

NRRA's first SHIP, launched during the winter months, resembled the traditional "Blizzard Bag."  A compilation of lesson plans and activities accomplished during a snow day for when teachers do not want to lose their stride due to a disaster.  Lesson #1 (K-3 ) investigates the contents of one's waste,  introduces snowman bingo, and includes a video about litter in the oceans. 

Heather discusses why litter is a problem (K-3).

Town & Gown

Town & Gown – A Recycling Cooperative demonstrates how towns and schools can partner to save on recycling and waste disposal by pooling resources, creating revenue and training the next green generation. (0.75 hour/credit)

Indoor Air Quality & Green Cleaning

School building occupants are at risk of exposure to many indoor air quality hazards such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals. This workshop explores such risks and how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health. (1.25 hours/credit)

Star of Sustainability

Star Assessments are NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. Developed for NRRA by Heather Greenwood, in collaboration with Antioch University New England, the Star Assessment provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative report on a school’s recycling and waste reduction efforts in five key areas. The report provides clear, unbiased suggestions and areas for improvement as well as a base-line data for future examination of your schools recycling program.

T.O.L.D. – Trash On the Lawn Day

A thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under The NRRA School Recycling CLUB’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan.

Garbage Guerrillas

A workshop version of our very popular Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) Rather than sorting all the waste from a day, participants collect small working samples of waste, which are audited and analyzed. (0.5 hour/credit)

Waste = Global Climate Change

This workshop connects waste and global climate change and is followed by a Q&A session. Depending on time, a group break-out session explores and evaluates the school using a waste-focused “School Sustainability Scorecard.” Teams reassemble to report their findings and to reflect on environmental practices and policies the school already has and those they might consider adopting. (0.5 hour/credit)