Sustainability Foundations: 

Recycling and Our World

Free science activities for 
students grades 5-8.

Free Science Lessons & Resources

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Why is Sustainability Foundations available to middle school teachers for free?

How does Sustainability Foundations align with my curriculum?

EVERFI has built a network of partners and sponsors who help fund our digital resources for K-12 teachers, schools,  and districts. Through multi-year commitments, EVERFI partners give educators the assurance that programming can be launched at scale and even written into curriculum.

Sustainability Foundations lessons are aligned to NGSS and State Science/Social Studies Standards . EVERFI provides comprehensive curriculum guides and standards alignment guides to help you plan for implementation with your middle school students.

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Through interactive, digital lessons, students are introduced to life science topics such as recycling, biodiversity, climate, sustainability, and the impact that their choices have on our planet's interconnected systems. 

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Free Science Lessons for Your Classroom

Why teach sustainability and recycling?

ā€œEVERFI is a great tool to keep our students engaged in the real world and prepares them for life after school. The programs are full of real life information that our kids can use to have a bright future.ā€
ā€” Dale Waldo, Folsom Middle School, California


Learners explore the single-stream recycling journey, mining & refining versus recycling, and how to make sustainable choices in their everyday life.


Learners explore resource constraints, how sustainable systems thrive within their natural limits, and the cycles of common resources.

Healthy Living

Learners explore the complexity of needs required to keep human life healthy and the importance of caring for a shared resource set to make a healthy life possible for everyone.


Learners explore the importance of biodiversity, the balance of all living organisms, and how humans play a specific role in maintaining healthy biodiversity.

Target Students 

Grades 5-8


Life Sciences, Geography


10 Minutes/lesson 60 Minutes Total