Recycling Bilingual Reading Activities for Kids

Recycling bilingual reading can integrate various activities. Besides the typical reading task you can find in most textbooks, you can create other fun ways that your students might find interesting.

Of course, visiting recycling centers are the most fascinating. But that might not always be feasible. Instead, develop engaging lessons that can motivate your students to learn more than reduce, reuse, and recycle. 

Recycling Bilingual Reading Activities 

While Earth Day is a popular science and reading topic to cover about recycling, you can also use other areas of environmental issues. You can quickly put together a fun game of bingo or a sorting activity from watching a video or reading a passage.

The best part of recycling bilingual reading activities is that you can include other lessons to build upon previous concepts. For example, during reading, you can reinforce sight words, letter recognition, and sentence structure. 

recycling bilingual reading


  • Free Recycling cube template and the free Recycling for Kids ebook
  • Small stickers or markers
  • Bingo cards from page 
  • Sorting recycling cards
  • Construction paper
  • Paper plate or small piece of cardboard
  • Empty paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers
    • Optional: plastic bottles, scraps of paper, aluminum cans, small household batteries, or empty yogurt containers.  


  • Print the Recycling for Kids free bilingual ebook. 
  • Set aside pages 6 and 7 for a recycling game and sorting.
  • Print the Recycling Cube template.
  • For page 6, cut out the labels and recycling bin images. Set aside. 
  • For page 7, cut out the bingo card and set it aside. 
  • Print extra sheets of page 7 to use for the sorting game. 

Watch the video for more comprehensive instructional strategies that you can use for your environmental or recycling lessons. 

Recycling Bilingual Reading Story

Use the bilingual story to begin reading about reduce, reuse, and recycling as part of your environmental lesson or an Earth Day lesson. For instance, you can combine this free ebook with other learning activities about Earth Day, such as bingo or scavenger games.

Also, include photos or real-world examples of items that you can recycle around the classroom. After you read the story, you can begin other learning activities. 

Recycling Sorting Bilingual Activities

While there are many ways that you can use the labels and recycling bins, you can begin by creating a recycling center.

  • Cut the empty paper towel rolls into small pieces to represent recycling bins.
  • Gather green construction paper and wrap each piece around each container.
  • Next, add the recycling item labels. Paste the recycling symbol in front of each recycling bin.
  • If you’re using a small piece of cardboard or paper plate, you can glue these bins to the surface.
  • Then, encourage your group of students to look for recycling items from the list on page 7.
  • You can begin sorting by type of material

Recycling Bingo Game

Another fun idea to learn about recycling is to use the bingo card with the recycling cube.

  • First, put together the cube.
  • Second, roll the cube similarly to a number cube.
  • Once the cube lands on a recycling figure, you can ask your students about it.
  • For instance, you begin teacher-directed questions like what type of recycling material is or where you can find that material in the classroom or at home.
  • Next, use markers or small stickers to play bingo as a traditional game.

For fun, reward students with the most markers or whoever can come up with the most examples. 

One of the most valuable ways for your students to comprehend any science subject is to engage with the informational text. You could go back to the reading passage and ask additional questions or emphasize writing sentences about what they learned.

The more your students interact with the text, the more they will be able to grasp concepts. 

Recycling Facts for Kids

Learning about recycling facts is just as essential as recycling bilingual reading. However, these facts don’t have to be a tedious fact checklist.

Many informational texts include fun facts that kids can easily read from the caption of photos or images.

For instance, as you read about plastic, you might want to mention that plastic bottles take 450 years to decompose. Other materials that take a long time to decompose are batteries 100 years, aluminum cans 80 to 100 years, cardboard 2 months, and paper waste 2 to 6 weeks.

Similarly, you can mention that glass is an excellent example to reuse since it can stay on Earth for a very long time. Furthermore, you can also suggest that electronics like computer monitors, cables, laptops, and cell phones are recyclable. 

Recycling bilingual reading doesn’t have to include the exercise of reading a textbook. You can implement other fun activities that your students can enjoy. For example, learning about Earth Day or recycling can consist of fun games of bingo and sorting.

Combining other learning materials or lessons can bring your students to a new, more profound level of understanding.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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