Life of a Can



Life of a Can

What is the impact of recycling just ONE can?

Life of a Can is an elementary  recycling education program that allows your students to explore this question and many more! Your students will be empowered to make a positive difference in their communities as they explore the never-ending lifecycle of a recycled aluminum can.

Students can be defenders of the planet, just like National Hockey League defenseman Andrew Ference, who highlights the power of recycling in the video, What’s One Can. After viewing the video, your class CAN explore how recycling saves energy, investigate their impact on the environment, and examine the properties and structures of aluminum. Finally, extend the learning at home with a scavenger hunt that illuminates the potential energy saved from aluminum recycling.

Novelis and Discovery Education

Educator Resources

Cool Computers

In this activity, students will design, build, and test their own aluminum heat-sinks.


Students will create static electricity by rubbing a piece of wool fabric against a balloon.

Treasure in Your Trash?

Students will collect and analyze a day’s worth of trash to determine how much is headed for a landfill and how much could be recycled.

Aluminum Product Advertisement

Students will investigate the properties and structure of a common product constructed at least partially from aluminum.