⁣Lesson Plan: Recycling Fun: Outdoor Tire Seats for Eco-Friendly Relaxation!

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⁣Lesson Plan: Recycling Fun: Outdoor Tire Seats for Eco-Friendly Relaxation!

Grade Level: 4-6

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will explore the concept of repurposing old tires to create outdoor seating. They will learn about the environmental benefits of recycling and repurposing materials. Students will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively to design and decorate their own outdoor tire seats, promoting creativity and teamwork.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

- Used tires (one per student or group)
- Paint (outdoor-friendly)
- Brushes and sponges for painting
- Cushions or foam pads for seating
- Decorative materials (e.g., fabric, ribbons, stickers)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Writing materials for note-taking and reflection


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Engage students in a discussion about recycling and repurposing materials.
- Discuss the environmental benefits of recycling and how it contributes to sustainability.

2. Exploration of Outdoor Tire Seats (15 minutes):
- Show examples and images of outdoor tire seats to inspire creativity and ideas.
- Explain the concept of repurposing old tires to create comfortable seating for outdoor spaces.

3. Design and Measurement (20 minutes):
- Provide each student or group with a used tire and measuring tape or ruler.
- Instruct students to measure the diameter and height of the tire and record the measurements.
- Encourage them to brainstorm ideas for the design and decoration of their outdoor tire seats.

4. Painting and Decorating (25 minutes):
- Provide paint, brushes, sponges, and other decorative materials.
- Instruct students to paint and decorate their tires according to their design ideas.
- Encourage them to be creative and explore different patterns, colors, or themes.

5. Cushioning and Comfort (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to add cushions or foam pads to the inside of their painted tires to create comfortable seating.
- Show them how to securely attach the cushions or foam pads to prevent them from moving or falling out.

6. Reflective Writing (15 minutes):
- Have students individually reflect on the process of creating their outdoor tire seats.
- Instruct them to write a short informative/explanatory text describing the steps they took and the materials used.

7. Showcase and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Allow students to showcase their finished outdoor tire seats to the class.
- Facilitate a class discussion, encouraging students to share their design ideas, challenges faced, and what they learned about recycling and repurposing materials.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Here's what you'll need!INSTRUCTIONS: Outdoor Tire SeatingSupplies:Old tire200 ft / 60 m of rope Hot glueIndustrial strength glue2 wooden circles (17 in / 43 cm, and 15 in / 38cm)Foam of desired thicknessOutdoor furniture fabricStaple gunButtonsInstructions:Wash tire thoroughly with how soapy water.Start hot gluing the rope to the top rim of the tire, and coil it down to completely cover the surface. Flip the tire over, and use industrial strength glue to attach the larger wooden board to the bottom.Let dry overnight.In the meantime, create the top cushion by cutting the piece of foam to size, and glueing to the smaller piece of wood. Secure the outdoor fabric to the wood piece by stapling a small section at a time around the edges. Trim the excess fabric.If desired, create a “tufting” effect on the cushion surface with your staple gun by creating an “X” with staples, and covering it with a button.Your tire seat is now complete, and is great for storing backyard toys, gardening tools, or pool supplies! Enjoy!MUSICSpringtime PicnicLicensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc.Made by BFMP www.buzzfeed.com/videoteam

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