Preschool Lesson: Recycling

This week’s Preschool Theme is Recycling.


Circle Time

Color – Purple

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – little song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.




Michael RecycleRead Aloud: Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

Letter E Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘little’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with E Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.


Read Aloud: Where Does the Garbage Go? By Paul Showers Where Does the Garbage Go

Letter E Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.


Why Should I RecycleRead Aloud: Why Should I Recycle? By Jen Green

Letter E Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll

Don’t Throw That Away by Lara Bergen

The Adventures of A Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches




Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter E. The girls are writing the letter E and identifying letters in it on page 8 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter E on page 6.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.


Today we are practicing writing the letter E on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about how they can take care of the earth. You may need to help them write their list. Remind them to draw pictures to go with their list.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.


Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.




Center 1: Trace the Letter E from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

Center 4: 20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.


Center 1: Letter E Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

  • Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

  • Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Center 4: Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

  • This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.


Center 1: Sight word search

  • Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, see, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Center 2: Tracer Page

  • For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Center 3: Sight word wall

  • Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Center 4: Pattern Cards

  • For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).




Today we are going to introduce measurement. We are going start with length this week. We will be measuring how tall things are today. We are measuring with blocks using the charts from Moms Have Questions Too.

For an independent activity they are going to measure items around the room.


Today we are going to continue measuring length. Today we will spend our time measuring each other to see how tall we are.

For independent activity, they are going to measure new things in the room.


Today we are going to continue measuring with length. Today we are going to measure the big furniture in the room.

For independent activity, they are going to measure their stuffed animals.



This week we are going to do the Easter Egg Float adapted from Little Bins For Little Hands.



mini bells



10 eggs (5 different colors)



  1. Label each color a different number using numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
  2. You will fill each egg with that number of each item. This will allow you to compare what happens with each number.
  3. Put the first egg in and talk about what they saw.
  4. Then ask them what they think will happen with each of the other eggs.
  5. Document in the science folder.


Role Play

This week we will be independent play. Let them play whatever they would like.


social studies

This week’s theme is Recycling. For this week’s activity we will be setting up a recycling station at our house. To do this activity we are going to use bins from Amazon.

We are going to set these bins up in the garage and discuss how we can recycle. Each bin is a different color so they can tell which items go in which bin. Then we will go through the house finding things that need to be recycled, and add it to the correct bin. After we have collected our recycling and sorted it into the bins, we are going to take it to our local recycling location. In our home town there are recycling bins at all of the schools and at the grocery stores. This is a fun process for your children to see.

For an extension, you can find your local recycling center and take a tour of the location. Your children can learn a lot about recycling and where all their recycled items go.



This week we will be creating Name Art Adapted from Splish Splash Splatter Art.



Black construction paper

white crayon


colorful construction paper cut into squares



  1. Cut construction paper into squares before you start this art project. You need enough squares to cover their names.
  2. Then write their name on a piece of black paper using the white crayon.
  3. Write their name really large to cover most of the paper.
  4. Then let them glue the squares on top of the white line for their name.


play learn grow together
I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Recycling!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Nature.

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