Teacher Resources & Links

The District’s Education Specialist has many resources available for teachers, educators and youth leaders. See a list of services below.

For details about resources for teachers, contact Kathleen Rocco at 216.443.3731 or send an email.

Classroom Presentations

The District’s Education Specialist can visit your classroom and teach about the environment. Classroom presentations are designed to meet science indicators and may also integrate social studies, mathematics and language arts. Longer presentations are hands-on and shorter ones may include a worksheet, story, craft or game.


The District offers recycling contests and prizes throughout the school year. Teachers, educators and youth leaders are encouraged to participate in our education contests. Be sure to place reminders on your student planning calendar for due dates and environmental-based holidays. See our contests.

Lesson Plans

Our educator provides lesson plans and classroom activities for teachers, educators and student organizations including:

  • Composting Lesson
  • Litter Prevention Lesson
  • Municipal Solid Waste Lesson
  • Pollution Lesson
  • Recycling Lesson
  • Lessons have been adapted from:
    Reduce, Reuse Recycle, Sandra Ford Grove and Dr. Judi Hecktman Creative Teaching Press, 1996.
    Super Savers Investigators, ODNR, DRLP, 1995. 
    Investigating Solid Waste Issues, David Landis ODNR, DRLP, 1994. 
    Keep Middletown Beautiful, Activity Guide Pre-K to 3 grade, Lynn Getter, 2000.

    Professional Development

    Hands-on interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, conference sessions and presentations are available for teachers, youth leaders and non-formal educators. Most workshops are held at no cost to the participant. See more about professional development.

    Recycling Education Resources Newsletter

    Our educator issues a quarterly Recycling Education Resources newsletter about recycling education, environmental-based contests and sustainable projects happening in Northeast Ohio and Cuyahoga County. Register here.

    Environmental Resources

    Links for Teachers

    Websites of interest featuring reduce, reuse, recycle and other topics for educators.

    * Teacher resource page or kit available.

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