How to make marionettes using recyclable materials

 Definition of artifact: artifacts made of waste materials

Type of workshop:eco-sustainable workshop.

Integrated methodologies:brainstorming,cooperative learning,Metacognitive problem solving,CLIL.

Students involved:5th class.Total number :20 students.

Interaction of school subjects: Polish Language, Science,Art,English, ICT


  • Inform and sensitize students on the issue of recycling
  • Involve students in making various artifacts using paper cartons, plastic, string, hot glue,  bottles, paper boxes, glass jars, aluminum cans and other recyclable materials.
  • Involve students in creating digital posters by taking advantage of web 3.0 tools.
  • Familiarize students with useful vocabulary in English for recycling
  • Strengthen cooperation between students and take initiatives.


first step: brainstorming. What does it mean "to recycle "? That was  the first question .So students  talked about recycling ,watched a short video about recycling

second step: group work. Students , after they have discovered what they know or do not know about recycling , worked in teams to look for an information. They worked in groups.  Online tools ( e-mails between the members of the groups,power point,video making) were used for the organization, presentation and better understanding of the information collected by the teams.

Third step: How can I use recyclable materials? How would I encourage more people to take up recycling? After dialogue and argumentation based on data collected by students, they started designing solutions and making decisions.

Fourth step:  they decided to bring recyclable materials from their home and start making artifacts. They decided to make marionettes using recyclable materials.

First they made a project of their marionettes. Then....

Project: drawings


start making artifacts:

the artifacts:




All the students expressed their satisfaction about participating into these activities, since they learnt something new in a different and more enjoyable way.

Students developed their creative thinking and critical ability through the solving of a problem. They were also encouraged to raise awareness of an issue of ecological interest, to improve their communication skills in English, and to develop  manual and ICT skills in a collaborative group teaching framework .Finally ,both the design and the content of the activities  were positively evaluated by students and teachers.