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Back2Tap life cycle of a plastic water bottle video

Show your students the Back2Tap video . This informative, self-explanatory video teaches students where their drinking water comes from and what it takes to get it to them. The video takes 9 minutes to view.

Diagram life cycle of a plastic water bottle

Students figure out the sequence of steps required to produce a plastic water bottle. Students will cut out each of the steps and paste them in a circular pattern in a logical order. Worksheet and Answer Key

Writing exposition on the life cycle of a plastic water bottle

Write a short description of each step in the life cycle of a plastic water bottle telling which resources are needed and which eco-systems are impacted.

Conduct a survey to find out which drink containers are currently used for snack, lunch, or sports activities.

Use Back2Tap survey form or design your own. Tally the results as a classroom activity, tabulate and graph the results using a bar graph and pie chart, and then calculate fractions for each container category. This can be done for a single classroom or for the entire school.

Make a display out of discarded plastic water bottles

School Fundraisers Collect plastic water bottles from recycling bins or trash receptacles at the end of the day. If you know from survey data how much bottled water is consumed at your school in one day, you can incorporate that number of bottles into the display for a great visual impact. You can make any shape you want by fastening the bottles together with hot glue guns and/or tape, or you can simply load the bottles into clear garbage bags to display in a large pile. Create a poster to go with it that outlines the facts: for example, 250 disposable water bottles are used every day at Chatham Middle School!

Make posters to raise awareness

Have students create posters that help spread the campaign message. Encourage them to make up original slogans.

Bottled water pledge

Have students circulate a Back2Tap pledge to not drink bottled water. Students can also create and circulate their own pledge.

Hold classes outside

A good way to get students in tune with nature is to spend time outside. Figure out a way to teach some lessons outside.

Discuss sustainability

Discuss the concept of sustainability – using the earth's resources wisely so they last forever. Discuss how avoiding bottled water is a step toward a more sustainable lifestyle and brainstorm about other small steps the students can take to live more sustainably (carpool, walk, reduce waste, use reusable containers and cloths, turn off lights, etc).

Vocabulary and spelling lists

Grades 1-3: bottle, reuse, filter, tap, water, recycle, reduce, plastic Grades 3-6: tap water, sustainability, plastic, petroleum, filter, carbon dioxide, global warming, watershed

Conduct a brainstorming session on waste

Ask the students to list all the disposable things they use in a day or week. Have the students draw a picture of the things they throw out, cut out pictures of items they throw out, or make a collage out of pieces of disposable items they use. Alternatively, ask the students to bring in a recycled shopping bag to collect their trash for an entire day. For homework, have the students categorize the trash at the end of the day and graph the data. Finally, students can bring their trash back to school the following day to see the total amount generated by the class in one day. As a follow up assignment, students can write a response to the activity explaining ways to reduce the amount of trash they produce at home and at school.

Encourage litter-less lunches

Ask students to bring their entire snack and lunch in reusable containers so there is no trash generated – litter-less. Classes could compete to have the least amount of litter.

Brainstorm ways to cut back on the use of paper

Use both sides of the paper, place extra worksheets in the computer printer so the backside can be used, and if possible, reduce notices and consolidate them to fit on one sheet of paper.

Start a recycling program for your school

Engage a student group such as an environmental club or key club to help with a recycling program at your school. Perhaps an environmentally-conscientious parent would volunteer to assist with this project.

Test your bottled water IQ

See how well you and your students do on this multiple choice test, then review the educational resources on our site and try again!