Here I go. (Stand up as you begin clapping and snapping.)
I'm on the litter patrol.
I'm going to work all day to put the trash away.
The planet earth, you see, is my habitat.
I'm going to clean it up.
Well how about that?
Join me now…
Here we go.
We're on the litter patrol.
We're going to work all day to put the trash away.
The planet earth, you see, is our habitat.
We're going to clean it up.
Well, how about that?
All by yourself.
Here we go.
We're on the...
*Have children suggest other movements you could do to the rap.
*Ask children to bring in empty food boxes. Cut off the top panel and punch holes in the two narrow sides. Tie on a piece of string so the box can be used as a trash receptacle in the car. You can also turn a lunch bag into a litter bag.
*How about a “trash snack”? You will need flat bottom ice cream cones, Cheerios, miniature marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and peanuts. Take 4 lunch sacks and put a different item in each sack. Write “old tires” on the sack with Cheerios, “Styrofoam” on the sack with marshmallows, “Sticks” on the sack with pretzel sticks, and “Stones” on the sack with peanuts. Take a large bowl and make up a story about collecting trash. As you name the different items, invite different children to dump the contents in the bowl. Stir with a large spoon and then serve the “trash” in trash cans (ice cream cones). The cool thing about this snack is that there is NO trash when the children have finished eating!
Hint! Substitute raisins for peanuts if you have students with food allergies. You can also use fish crackers, sunflower seeds, or other snack foods.