For Staff

Resources for staff members who want to teach their students about the benefits of recycling. No matter what grade level you teach, now is always a great time to teach your students how to recycle in the classroom and at home. See some of our great resources below to begin! These resources include:

  • Classroom Signage
  • Powerpoints
  • Videos


Elementary Signage

Download this poster and display it in your classroom to give your students a visual aid throughout the day.


Middle School Signage

Links to previously used signage at Holmes Junior High

Elementary to High School

Classroom PowerPoints

Elementary Lesson

How to Make Plant Food

This lesson is designed around the learning outcome K-LS1-1: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Elementary Lesson

What is Compost?

This lesson is designed around the learning outcome MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

Middle School Lesson

Compost: More Than Plant Food

This lesson is designed around the learning outcome MS-LS1-7: Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

High School Lesson


This lesson is designed around the learning outcome HS-LS2-3: Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. This is a short lesson that would be ideal to close a lesson on food webs and energy cycling as a whole.

Holmes Helps Update

Holmes Helps Update

This Google Slides presentation served as an update to the compost collection program at Holmes Junior High. It includes a Kahoot! quiz for students. (Autumn 2020)

Holmes Helps Update

Composting Update & Green Iowa Introduction

This is a presentation that highlighted the impact the composting program was having, in pounds of food waste and pounds of plastic diverted from the landfill, and announced that the school had won an environmental education award for their efforts. A short video is included with an update on the program. (January 2021)

Helpful Resources

Educational Videos

Visit our video page to find educational videos designed for the classroom or for students to watch at home with their families.