Teaching Tools

RethinkWaste values education and seeks to empower children and adults to reduce waste and protect the environment by providing knowledge and resources.

RethinkWaste offers the following educational resources to schools and youth groups in the agency’s service area:

  • Tours of the Shoreway Environmental Center (Virtual School Tours are now being offered)
  • Assemblies and in-class presentations focused on the 4R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot/Compost)
  • Lessons and workshops about composting at school and at home
  • Educator support in connecting waste reduction and resource conservation themes to state-mandated Common Core standards for classroom curriculum
  • Assistance establishing and engaging green teams, environmental clubs, and other student groups on campus
  • Waste audits and assessment to help identify opportunities to improve recycling, composting, and reuse on school campuses
  • Teaching tools to supplement education provided during RethinkWaste presentations and Shoreway Tours

Resources for Schools

Lessons & Activities

If you are a teacher or parent and would like to request printed hard copies of any of the listed resources for your student(s), please email Laura Wessberg at lwessberg@rethinkwaste.org or call (650) 802-3508. Please include your name, preferred mailing address, requested resource name and number of copies.

Resources for Tours

The following items include activities and lesson plans that can be used before and after RethinkWaste presentations and Shoreway Tours, or as stand-alone curriculum.

Pre-Tour Materials:

Post-Tour Materials:

Partner Organizations for More Information

  • Office of Sustainability
  • San Mateo County Office of Education
    • San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) Teacher Fellowship Program: This semester-long professional development program builds teacher capacity (in ALL subject areas and grade levels) for designing and delivering high quality project based learning (PBL) that is centered on real-world environmental justice issues. Benefits of participating in this program include:
      • Training and support to implement a standards aligned Solutionary PBL unit of study in a number of different formats: on-site, remote, or hybrid/blended model.
      • A paid stipend ranging from $500 (dependent on submission of a final SMELC case study reflection in February 2021).
  • Recology San Mateo County

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