Earth Day Fun! With Michael Recycle
Students have some Earth Day fun learning about recycling and sorting, while reviewing important Internet browser components and keyboard keys. The students will use the Michael Michael Recycle Game to learn these concepts.
This activity will take several class periods.
- Be able to open the game, Michael Michael Recycle.
- Be able to use the scroll bar to reach the game.
- Be able to use the arrow keys to move character through game.
- Be able to sort objects based on attributes.
Open: To open a computer program it means it is ready to be used.
Scroll bar: A scroll bar is a vertical or horizontal bar commonly located on the far right or bottom of a window that allows you to move the window viewing area up, down, left, or right.
Close: To close a computer program means it is no longer able to be used.
Full screen: Full screen is describing when something should take up the entire screen.
Arrow keys, right/left/up/down: A computer keyboard has arrow keys that will move the cursor up, down, left, or right on the screen.
Cursor: The cursor is a movable symbol on a computer screen that shows the point where you can change a text or image.
Reduce: Reduce means finding ways to decrease, or lessen, the amount of garbage we throw away.
Reuse: To reuse is to use something again.
Recycle: To recycle is to convert garbage into reusable material.
Sorting: Sorting is the act of separating things and putting them in a particular order or group. For example paper, plastic, and cans are sorted for recycling.
To prepare for this lesson:
If you need to review sorting, watch the video Sorting by Attribute.
Watch the video on how to play Michael Michael Go Recycle and play it yourself.
Preview the game Michael Michael Go Recycle.
Decide how you want students to access the link. Part of the goal is finding the link.
Decide how you are assessing. Here is an example you can use.
Depending on time constraints, some other great Earth Day sites include
See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
- Read the book to your students and/or watch the video Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel.
Have a conversation with the students about how/what we can recycle at home and at school.
Tell the students that today we are going to play a recycling game.
Review how to access the game, browser window, scrollbars, etc. Show them how to use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move up, down, right, and left.
Demonstrate the game by showing the video Michael Michael Go Recycle.
Have the students play the game.
- Allow the students time to explore and play the game.
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Michael Michael Recycle Rubric
MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Using the keyboard, write about what you could recycle on ABCYA! Storymaker.
What are some other things you could sort?
Use the Interactive Starfall site on Earth Day with your students.
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, May 2018. Updated November 2023.