This week in Strands, we discussed how important it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. On Tuesday, I surprised the children with a REALLY messy playground-litter EVERYWHERE, plastic bottles, cans, paper bags, etc.Prior to observing playground, I asked the children these questions: What if your playground was full of trash? Do you think you would be able to play in a dirty environment? Would you even want to play if there was trash everywhere? A few of the responses I received were:“Our play ground would never be trashy, it stays clean, don’t you know this Ms. Lauren” (Brycen) “shewwww-weeeeee” (Zachary) “I would hate to play in the trash, then we would be extra dirty” (Waylon). Much to their surprise, they walked out to a completely trashed play ground and literally panicked. After about two minutes of “Oh No! Who would do this to us?” they decided that it would be a great idea to clean up their playground and recycle the items they collected. We also created a recycle bin for the plastic, paper, and metal that we gathered. After that, we sorted the recyclable items that we collected and discussed how the items could be reused. We said that paper and cardboard products can be processed and made into more paper products and other things. Plastic trash can be transformed into many different things, including homebuilding products. Aluminum cans can be recycled. That means many parts of our trash can be recycled and used again in different ways. WAY TO GO TEAM GREEN!!!