Education Resources

Message to educators and parents: We were in the middle of planning a revision of our educational materials, including the teachers guides to our popular Open Your Eyes to Litter series, when the pandemic hit. There are some links and resources that might not be accurate, but we think there are enough valuable and relevant lessons and resources that we wanted to share anyway. A simple search will usually help you get to the intended website. We hope you find our materials helpful as we all adjust to virtual teaching and learning.

Each Open Your Eyes to Litter Teacher’s Guide addresses PA Department of Education state standards and expands on the information, ideas, and activities that are in each book, page by page.


Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has developed a series of activity books to help teach youth about the dangers of littering called “Open Your Eyes To Litter”.  Each book is described below and is available for download. If you have funding to print larger quantities, it can be coordinated by contacting Stephanie Larson at our main office at 877-772-3673.


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Open Your Eyes to Litter, Vol. 1 is 24 pages and designed for use with grades K-3. It helps kids understand the difference between intentional litter (which they know is harmful) and accidental litter (which happens unintentionally, but is still harmful).

Download English version by clicking here.

 

Download Spanish version by clicking here.

 

 

.Download the OYEL 1 Teacher’s Guide by clicking here.


oyel2Open Your Eyes to Litter, Vol. 2: Our Littered Past works well with grades 4-6, is 36 pages, and helps kids see that ever since people have lived together in groups, dealing with their litter and waste has been an issue. This learning tool travels from prehistoric times to the present and illustrates many of the reasons for our waste problems. It also shares what caring individuals and groups are doing to help.  Download English version by clicking here.

 

Download Spanish version by clicking here.

 

 

,Download the OYEL 2 Teacher’s Guide by clicking here.


oyel3Open Your Eyes to Litter, Vol. 3: Think Before You Toss is 22 pages and is designed with grades 4-6 in mind. This booklet describes the ways trash can be handled when properly disposed of: it is recycled, goes to a landfill, or is burned in a resource recovery facility. Each trash disposal option is explored individually and is accompanied by fun activities for kids to do. The booklet also emphasizes the option of re-using things that aren’t needed anymore and encourages everyone to think before they toss.      ..Download by clicking here.

Download the OYEL 3 Teacher’s Guide by clicking here.


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Open Your Eyes to Litter, Vol. 4: Open Your Eyes to Litter in a Watershed is 36 pages and is geared toward students in kindergarten through third grade. The booklet focuses on how illegal dumping and littering affect watersheds. Also, Open Your Eyes to Litter in a Watershed addresses PA Department of Education Environment & Ecology Academic Standards as follows:
………………………………4.1.4 Watersheds and Wetlands
………………………………4.2.4 Renewable and Nonrenewable Sources
………………………………4.3.4 Environmental Health
………………………………4.8.4 Humans and the Environment
………………………………Download by clicking here.

(There is currently no Teacher’s Guide available for OYEL 4.)


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Open Your Eyes to Litter, Vol. 5: Keeping Our Greenways Clean is 34 pages and is geared towards kids in fourth through sixth grade.  The theme is how litter and illegal dumping impact greenways and why it is important to keep our environment clean.  The book highlights eight greenways across Pennsylvania, provides activities throughout, and details the functions and benefits that greenways provide.  This book addresses PA Department of Education Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology and Geography.   Download by clicking here.

Download the OYEL 5 Teacher’s Guide by clicking here.