Teacher Resources & Links

Our 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 our education specialist at 216.443.3731 or send an email.


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. See a list of classroom presentations.


Classroom Tools & Worksheets

We offer a series of early education worksheets that allow kids to practice motor skills, math, language, and thinking skills while focusing on the sustainable material management known as reduce, reuse and recycle. The Mission: Recycle newspaper with teacher guide for grades 3-4 is also available.


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.

Find Grants

The District and other organizations offer grants to schools, teachers and youth groups to encourage recycling and sustainability.

Recycling at School

What are the benefits of recycling at school? Can you recycle milk cartons? How do you get started?

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.


    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.


    Our education specialist issues a quarterly Recycling Education Resources newsletter about recycling education, environmental-based contests and sustainable projects happening in Northeast Ohio and Cuyahoga County. Sign-up for the newsletter.

    Links for Teachers

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

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