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Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow (K-12)

K-8 Curriculum Supplement and Training

"Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement" ("Action") is a national award-winning kindergarten through eighth grade, activity-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supplement.  Developed by teachers and the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling in conjunction with the S.C. Department of Education and others, "Action" can serve as a starting place for introducing basic environmental education in the classroom.

The curriculum supplement is correlated to the state's science standards. The current edition, featuring 16 lessons, includes the most frequently used lessons by teachers. Each lesson provides learning objective, background and teacher preparation info. (See this sample lesson - "Recycling 101".)

"Action" is available only as part of a FREE three-hour training provided by the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling. To schedule a training or learn more about the "Action" workshops, call 1-800-768-7348.

Action Highlights

Action in the Classroom
  • Was introduced in 1993 and developed and tested by South Carolina teachers
  • Includes lessons on recycling, waste reduction, composting, buying recycled, air and water, and has a glossary and an extensive resource section that offers background on specific issues from a global, national and South Carolina perspective
  • Holds free teacher training workshops that have been attended by more than 50,000 teachers
  • Has won national awards including the White House "Closing the Circle" Award, the Excellence in Solid Waste Education Award presented by the Solid Waste Association of North America, and the National Recycling Coalition's Beth Brown Boettner Award for Outstanding Public Education.

Action in the Classroom - 5th grade, 7th grade and High School

  • "Action in the Classroom for Fifth Grade" provides an overview of recycling in South Carolina specifically tailored for fifth-grade students. It covers the basics of what happens when you throw something away, the 3 R's -- reduce, reuse and recycle -- as well as lessons about buying recycled.
  • "Action in the Classroom for Seventh Grade" leads seventh-grade student through identifying and conserving natural resources, groundwater and energy, and gives an overview of recycling in South Carolina. From investigating what we throw away to thinking about how we can save renewable and non-renewable resources, students are given practical, hands-on lessons to help them get the facts they need to think for themselves, form opinions, make decisions and take action.
  • "Action in the Classroom for High School Environmental Science" provides South Carolina-specific support to the environmental science high school course curriculum focusing on relevant environmental issues -- including solid waste (reduction and recycling), air and water.

To have "Action in the Classroom" come to your fifth-grade, seventh-grade or high school class, call us at 1-800 768-7348 (toll free).

The Green Driver Project

"The Green Driver Project" provides an overview of the environmental impact of driving for students in high school driver education classes.  Students learn the importance of used motor oil recycling, related air, water and energy issues regarding the proper management of their vehicles, litter prevention and safety. Green Driver presentations are often taught in conjunction with "Action in the Classroom for High School Environmental Science."

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Contact Us

For more information about "Action," call us at (800) 768-7348 (toll free).