Type:

Lesson Plan, Other

Description:

In this lesson students will conduct investigate their own trash consumption and become aware of how improperly handled trash impacts the environment.

Emphasis Building conceptual knowledge regarding where our waste goes once it is disposed of. In addition, students will comprehend the difference between types of trash (biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable) and their affect the environment.

Subjects:

  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

waste recycling environment biology trash consumption environmental impact

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Update Standards?

SCI.6.1.B: Science

practice appropriate use and conservation of resources, including disposal, reuse, or recycling of materials.

SCI.7.1.A: Science

demonstrate safe practices during laboratory and field investigations as outlined in the Texas Safety Standards; and

SCI.8.1.B: Science

practice appropriate use and conservation of resources, including disposal, reuse, or recycling of materials.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-03-06.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Inspired by a ‘significant trash problem’ this 3-class period lesson was funded by the Sea Grant Program at the University of Guam, however its goals are applicable to most regions of the world. The lessons are engaging and varied and are adaptable for grades 3 – 12. This part (1 of 2) requires only easily accessible materials (trash & Internet). Assessment ideas are included (a “Good Litter Survey” functions as a pre- and post-test), and lessons focus on types of trash (biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable), decomposition rates, the North Pacific Gyre, and personal trash assessment. There is also a link to part 2 entitled “Where the Waste Goes – The Dump.”

Not Rated Yet.

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