- Books and Online Resources
- Posters and Videos
- Lesson Plans
- Accessing National Library Board Singapore resources
This resource guide is specially compiled to assist teachers and students in their research efforts focussing on the topic of environment. For easy reference, the resources are grouped according to the formats in which the information are presented. They are (a)Books and Online Resources (b) Posters and Videos and (c) Lesson Plans and E-Games.
|Search Terms||Call Numbers|
|Environmentalism Juvenile literature||333.72|
|Recycling (Waste, etc.), Refuse and refuse disposal Juvenile literature||363.72|
|Habitat (Ecology) Juvenile literature, Biodiversity Juvenile literature, Environmental protection Juvenile literature||577|
|Trees Juvenile literature, Forest ecology Juvenile literature, Environmental protection Juvenile literature||582|
|Papermaking Juvenile literature||620.197|
|Recycling (Waste, etc.) United States, Refuse and refuse disposal Environmental aspects United States, Plastic scrap Environmental aspects United States||628.4|
|Plastics Juvenile literature||668.4|
|Bookbinding, Books Format, Handicraft Recycling (Waste, etc.)||686.3|
|Handicraft Juvenile literature, Gifts Juvenile literature, Salvage (Waste, etc.) Juvenile literature, Recycling (Waste, etc.) Juvenile literature||745.5|
Books and Online Resources
This is a select list of books on the topic of recycling and the environment. Most of the books listed here are available at the children’s collection of the Public Library. Do take note of the prefixes of J (Junior), JS (Junior Simple) and JP (Junior Picture) as well as the branch library where the books are located. The books are available from the Public Library collection of the National Library Board Singapore. Do use the NLB online catalogue to check the location and availability via www.catalogue.nlb.gov.sg.
Books on upcycling and recycling materials
(listed by author)
- Bolte, M. (2016). Eco Gifts: Upcycled Gifts You Can Make. North Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press.
Call no.: J 745.5 BOL
This book provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and full-color photographs to create personalized presents from recycled materials.
- Borgert-Spaniol, M. (2020). Papermaking : handmade paper and paper products. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Checkerboard Library.
Call no.: J 745.54 BOR
Papermaking will show kids how to use shredded paper to make their own paper and other creations. They will learn how to make several kinds of paper, a papier-mache bowl, and more.
- Constable, L. (2019). How to save the whole stinkin’ planet. North Sydney, NSW: Puffin Books.
Call no.: J 363.72 CON
Readers can earn badges as they work their way through each chapter, completing activities, DIYs and eco-experiments. Every part will enhance their understanding of waste management and the impact of household rubbish on the planet.
- Enz, T. (2012). Repurpose It. North Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press.
Call no.: J 600 ENZ
Explains the principles of inventing and provides photo-illustrated instruction for making a variety of projects from recycle and reuse materials.
- Faulkner, N. (2019). Recycling and you. New York : Rosen Central.
Call no.: J 363.72 FAU
This book teaches readers about both the importance of recycling and how to properly do it. It covers recycling basics and addresses how one can recycle and reuse products at both home and school.
- Hölzl, L. (2014). Found and made : the art of upcycling. Newtown, N.S.W. : Walker Books Australia.
Call no.: J 745.5 JOL
Step-by-step instructions for crafts made from old newspaper, magazines, and junk mail and information about reusing and recycling.
- Lim, A. (2014). Recycling Crafts. New York, NY: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014.
Call no.: J 745.5 LIM
This recycling-based craft book provides ideas for making useful homemade creations like flower pots, bookends, a clock and more are included in this brilliant step-by-step book.
- Owen, R. (2014). Fun Fabrics. Imprint: New York: PowerKids Press.
Call no.: J 745.5 OWE
Presents wide range of projects will allow young artists to explore their creativity with recycled fabric.
- Puri, D. (2017). Recycling, reusing, and conserving New York : PowerKids Press.
Call no.: J 363.72 PUR
Get an in-depth look at the importance of recycling and conserving. Readers will learn the different methods of recycling and conserving resources and the impact these efforts have on Earth.
- Rau, D. M. (2017). Crafting with recyclables : even more projects. Ann Arbor, Michigan : Cherry Lake Publishing.
Call no.: J 745.5 RAU
Recycle materials such as bits of paper, old yarn, cartons and containers can be used to make lovely crafts including dollhouse, purse and lots more.
- Sikkens, C. (2020). Choose to reuse!. St. Catharines, Ontario ; New York : Crabtree Publishing Company.
Call no.: J 363.72 SIK
Read about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling, as well choosing items that can be used over and over.
- Sullivan, S. W. (2009). The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts. Little Rock, Ark.: Leisure Arts.
Call no.: 745.5 BIG [REC]
Get ideas on recycle projects from paper, plastic, cans, glass, clothing, and other recyclables.
- Wheeler-Toppen, J. (2017). Amazing cardboard tube science. North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Press.
Call no.: J 745.5 WHE
This book details how to use cardboard tubes in projects that demonstrate scientific principles.
Books on Environment
Books are often mainstays of resource guides as these provide introductory and comprehensive information on a particular topic. The books below provide insight to understanding on the environment.
(listed by author)
- Andrus, A. (2020). The plastic problem : 60 small ways to reduce waste and save the Earth New York: Scholastic Inc.
Call no.: J 363.72 AND
Learn about the easy ways to cut plastic out of your life. The simple actions found in this practical guide will help you and inspire your friends and family to do the same.
- Antil, S. (2012). 10 Ways I Can Save the Earth. New York: PowerKids Press.
Call no.: J 333.72 ANT
Discuses ten simple but significant lifestyles changes that can help keep the Earth clean, including eating vegetables, planting trees and recycling.
- Bily, C. A. (2013). Garbage And Recycling. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning.
Call no.: 628.4458 GAR
This book explores different methods for disposing garbage, the role of recycling in managing garbage, and how consumers can reduce the amount of waste produced.
- Blom, K. (2020). Plastic sea : a bird’s-eye view. Apex, North Carolina : Cornell Lab Publishing Group.
Call no.: J 363.72 BLO
This book uses the most up-to-date scientific information to offer an insight into a growing environmental crisis with global implications. If we continue to dump as much plastic as we do today, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.
- Chambers, C. (2015). How Effective Is Recycling? Chicago, Illinois: Heinemann Raintree.
Call no.: J 363.72 CHA
Chambers examines recycling of water, plastics and food process and the effectiveness.
- Flounders, A. (2014). Friends In The Wild. South Egremont, MA : Red Chair Press.
Call no.: J 577 FLO
The author emphasizes on the important of biodiversity, natural homes of various animals and ideas on preservation and protection of natural environment.
- Flounders, A. (2014). Healthy Trees, Healthy Planet. South Egremont, MA: Red Chair Press.
Call no.: J 582.16 FLO
The author highlights the importance of trees in making earth and our environment healthy and includes step-by-step ideas to protect them.
- French, J. (2019). What a waste. London : Dorling Kindersley.
Call no.: J 363.7 FRE
This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affecting planet Earth. Includes everything you need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.
- James, L. (2012). Where Does the Garbage Go? New York: Gareth Stevens Pub.
Call no.: JP 363.7282 JAM
Explores what happens to garbage after it has been picked up by the garbage truck and discusses ways garbage is used for energy.
- Kim, E. J. (2020). Plastic : past, present, and future. Victoria, Australia : Scribble.
Call no.: J 363.72 KIM
Covers the whole story about plastic and is filled with information to empower children to make choices that will affect their future.
(listed in alphabetical order)
- 15 Creative Crafts Made from Recycled Household Items. (2020, July 8). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Better Homes & Gardens website: https://www.bhg.com/crafts/easy/1-hour-projects/recycled-material-crafts/
Offers kids some ideas for making creative crafts from recycled materials.
- For Students. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from AirNow website: https://www.airnow.gov/education/students/
Provides Air Quality Index (AQI) information and how it is measured for kids from ages 4 to 11 and up.
- Planetspal recycle kids crafts. (n.d.). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Planetpals.com website: http://www.planetpals.com/recycle_crafts_kids.html
Provides great earth day everyday paper crafts, beads, origami, print and play and recycle crafts.
- Recycled Crafts. (2021). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Craftbids website: http://www.craftbits.com/recycled-crafts
This website provides step-by-step recycled craft projects for events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and others.
- Recycling Knowledge. (n.d.).Retrieved May 17, 2021, from WRAP website: https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge
Offers quick and simple information on recycling practices, processes and other facts.
- Reduce Your Waste. (2015). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Geographic Kids website: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/nature/article/reduce-your-waste
This website inspires young adventurers to reduce their waste at home through easy tips.
- Singapore Environment Council. (2021). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Singapore Environment Council website: http://www.sec.org.sg/
The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) was established in 1995 to nurture, facilitate and co-ordinate environmental causes in Singapore.
Posters and Videos
Search tips and Internet sites
How can you search resources on posters and videos? Use the following keywords in your search box “kids”, “recycle”, “posters” or “videos”.
A picture tells more than thousand words! We highlight to you the educational poster collection that are available online at the National Environment Agency website. The quick links to the specific topics are provided below – mouse over to click on the links.
- 3Rs poster. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/resource/3r-poster.pdf
Describes the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Don’t Throw Away Our Future. Recycle Us. (n.d.). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm5-don’t-throw-away-our-future.jpg
Highlights items for recycling such as books, papers, glass, plastic, computers, metals, cans and bicycles.
- Glass Recycling Process. (no date). Retrieved February12, 2016, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm4-glass-recycling.jpg
Describes glass recycling process workflow.
- How Electric Generation Affects the Environment. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/resource/-e2-how-electricity-generation-affects-the-environment.jpg
The poster includes Illustrations that explain generation of electricity and environment. Also includes tips for conserving energy.
- How Much Longer Can Our Earth Hold? Conserve the Environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Today. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021 from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm6-how-much-longer-can-our-earth-hold.jpg
Provides the message to reduce, reuse and recycle of all type of materials to conserve the environment.
- 1 Ton of Paper = 17 Trees. (n.d.). Retrieved February12, 2016, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm7-1-ton-of-papers-=-17-trees.jpg
Highlights how one can be environmental free by saving trees and reduce the consumption of papers.
- Paper recycling process. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm1-paper-recycling.jpg
Describes paper recycling process workflow.
- Plastic Recycling Process. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/images/default-source/resources/-wm3-plastic-recycling.jpg
Describes plastic recycling process workflow.
- Recycling flyer (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/our-services/waste-management/recycling-flyer.pdf
Describes what can and cannot be put into recycling bins.
- Switch Me Off. (n.d.). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/resource/-e1-switch-me-off.jpg
A poster produced by NEA to educate consumers of good energy conservations habits.
- The 3Rs: A guide to 3R Practices for Households. (n.d.). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from National Environment Agency website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/resource/a-guide-to-3r-practices-for-households.pdf
A consumer education initiative by Singapore Packaging Agreement on 3R practices for households.
- What to do with. (n.d.) Retrieved May 17, 2021, from WRAP website: https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with
Guide to recycle of Clothing & textiles, Electrical items, Furniture, Medicines, Plastic bottles, Plastic films, and more.
(i) A selection of videos on recycling materials such as cans, plastics, electrical, waste, and garden.
(listed in alphabetical order)
- Recycle Now. (n.d). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://www.youtube.com/user/RecycleNowCampaign
A collection of videos on recycling process of papers, plastics, food waste, furniture and others.
Recycle Now. (2015, June 19). Recycling around the home. [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/sLktjtlXCNo
This animation video highlights just a few items all around the home for recycling materials such as can, plastic, electrical, waste, and garden.
The Story of Stuff Project. (2015, September 4). Loop Scoops – Garbage [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/N9LfPq-H72g
This is a PBS Kids production on garbage and saving the environment by recycling and composting.
PBS Kids production on garbage and saving the environment by recycling and composting.
(ii) A selection of videos on simple crafts
There are quite a number of online videos on crafts from recycled materials. Please use your own discretion when trying out the samples shown.
(listed in alphabetical order)
Expert Village. (2012, November 15). How Do I Create Christmas Cards Using Recycled Materials?: Christmas Crafts [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/z_RKmEhdzqs
Fernandez, an experienced art educator provides tips on how to make a variety of different crafts such as Christmas cards.
DisneyJuniorUK. (2014, November 22). Art Attack – Travel Bag – Disney Junior UK HD. [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/kvImAjsERY4
Lloyd provides a step by step guide to make a super useful travel bag.
Make:. (2012, August 13). Maker Camp: Recycled Paper Baskets with Tiffany Threadgould [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/vIl3brhueyg
Threadgould demonstrates weaving paper baskets from old maps.
Simplekidscraft.com. (2017, March 8). DIY Corrugated Cardboard Desk Organizer: Easy Cardboard Crafts [Video File]. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from website: https://youtu.be/rdL5ETTF690
This video provides a step by step guide to craft a cute desk organizer.
Learn through these interactive e-game and multimedia quiz suitable for children. Go ahead, challenge yourselves and enjoy!
(listed in alphabetical order)
- Energy lessons for middle schoolers. (2021). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Alliant Energy Kids website: https://www.alliantenergykids.com/ForEducators/TeachingUnits
Take middle schoolers through renewable energy, energy efficiency, home conservation and safety through standards-aligned teaching units.
- Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for Educators. (2021, March 26). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from United States Environmental Protection Agency website: https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators
The Environmental Protection Agency provides lesson plans and teacher guides for educators to teach about environmental resources.
- Teacher Resources. (2021). Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Wastebuster website: https://www.wastebuster.co.uk/Resources
The not-for-profit company Wastebuster provides resources for educators including lesson plans, team activities, activity sheets and more.
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