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Sunday, February 7, 2016
What's in the Lesson Kit?

Download a visual list of materials you'll need to make your own lesson kit. (Part 1, Part 2)

Download these 8 1/2" x 11" posters to use in your kit.

3 Rs Visual Aid    

Bales Visual Aid    

Landfill Height Visual Aid    

Manual Sort Visual Aid    

Physical Properties Visual Aid

Recyclables Visual Aid

Download the MRF Poster here


Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home? Enter the world of Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - the centers that sort and separate our recycling. In this lesson, students will navigate their way through the sorting process, learning about the technology and tools used to turn yesterday's trash into tomorrow's treasures. Perfect for elementary classroom and home-school teachers, this lesson will give your students the chance to use their math, science, and critical thinking skills in a new way! 



The MRF Lesson follows state standards and objectives for 4th graders. For more details, please see the lesson plan.

This lesson can be adapted to fit any grade level.


How a MRF works
Resources for Teachers
The MRF in Action lesson kit is available for area teachers to checkout at the UNCW Curriculum Materials Center, located in the Education building, room 127. Contact Kathryn Batten, UNCW, at 910-962-3362 or, to discuss details. Learn more about the Curriculum Materials Center by clicking here.
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