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Reducing Waste Strategies for Sustainable Living Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

The objective of this lesson is for students to understand and apply strategies for reducing waste in order to promote sustainable living. Students will use the Brush Ninja animated gif maker to create short animated presentations that communicate these strategies effectively.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja animated gif maker
  • Chart paper and markers



  • Begin by discussing the concept of waste and its impact on the environment.
  • Engage students in a brief discussion about different types of waste they encounter in their daily lives.
  • Explain that today, they will be learning about strategies for reducing waste and promoting sustainable living.

Brainstorming Activity

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Distribute chart paper and markers to each group.
  • Instruct each group to brainstorm as many ideas as possible for reducing waste in various areas, such as home, school, or community.
  • Encourage creativity and remind them that no idea is too small or insignificant.

Research and Presentation Preparation

  • Provide students with access to computers or tablets with internet access.
  • Introduce Brush Ninja as a tool they will be using to create animated presentations about their chosen waste reduction strategies.
  • Instruct each group to research one specific strategy from their brainstorming session using reliable online sources.
  • As they research, remind them to gather images or draw simple illustrations related to their chosen strategy.

Animated Presentation Creation

Guide students through the basics of using Brush Ninja:

  1. Open brush.ninja on their devices
  2. Choose a background color/image relevant to their topic
  3. Use the drawing tools to create simple illustrations or import images from their research
  4. Animate the illustrations by adding frames and adjusting timing
  5. Add text or captions to explain each step of their waste reduction strategy

Encourage students to collaborate within their groups, helping each other with ideas and technical aspects of using Brush Ninja.

Presentation Sharing

  • Have each group present their animated presentations to the class.
  • After each presentation, allow time for questions and comments from both the presenting group and the rest of the class.
  • Emphasize effective communication through animation, clarity in explaining strategies, and creativity in design.


  • Observe students’ engagement during discussions, brainstorming activities, and research.
  • Assess students’ understanding of waste reduction strategies through their animated presentations.
  • Evaluate students’ ability to effectively communicate their chosen strategy using Brush Ninja.


To extend this lesson beyond the classroom:

  • Organize a waste reduction campaign at school involving other grades or teachers.
  • Encourage students to share their animated presentations on social media platforms or school websites to educate a wider audience about sustainable living strategies.
  • Collaborate with local environmental organizations or community groups to implement waste reduction initiatives based on student ideas.

How to animate with Brush Ninja

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