Subject: Science

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Recycling

Grade Level: 5

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Brief Description: Teach students to care about recycling with this creative comic lesson.

Know Before You Start: This lesson works well on its own or as part of an overall environmental science unit. It may be helpful to read a book or watch a video about recycling before students create their comics.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • What are some other ways that littering can harm the environment?
    • How does recycling help?


  • Have students imagine a group of superheroes who are passionate about saving the Earth.

    • What might they do to help the environment?

    • Which villains might they face? 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, create a comic about superheroes who enforce recycling in your city. 


  • Display student comics on an “Environmental Superheroes” bulletin board or online.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Provide printout of the sample comic for student reference.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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