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Waste in the Cafeteria

See lesson/unit plan here

By conducting investigations, students will determine specific amounts of waste generated by students and/or school policies regarding the use of the cafeteria.

Activity 6-8, 9-12 Arts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Citizenship/Service, Reduction/Consumption, Recycle/Reuse/Compost, Waste/Pollution
Waste Reduction

See article here.

This short webpage article explains why waste reduction is preferred over recycling and reusing.

Book/Reading 9-12, Post-secondary Language Arts, Science Reduction/Consumption, Recycle/Reuse/Compost
Waste Reduction Vocabulary

See here for more information.

Here are nine vocabulary words high school students should know.

Other 9-12 Language Arts, Science Reduction/Consumption
What are Things Made Of? (by Roca, Nuria)

Check your library or store for this resource.

The 35-page nonfiction makes connections between natural resources and the products made from them. Hands-on activities are included.

 2007: Barron’s Educational Series 0-7641-3651-8 (35 pgs. Nonfiction)

Book/Reading PreK-2, 3-5 Science, Social Studies Natural Resources/Life Cycles
What's Going On In There? Household Hazardous Waste and Poison Safety (by Grahn, Geoffrey)

See lesson plan here Check your library or store for the book.

The book, What's Going on In There? , helps young children learn that things are not always as they appear. Though not about environmental issues, the book can be used effectively to teach about household hazardous materials and their look-alike food products.

The 55-minute lesson plan helps students learn: 1) many consumer products are hazardous, 2) characteristics of hazardous materials, and 3) proper storage and disposal.

  2005: Orchard Books, NY 0-439-57495-1 (Illustrated picture book)

Activity, Book/Reading PreK-2, 3-5 Language Arts, Science Waste/Pollution
Who Polluted the Potomac? from Population Connection

See activites and lesson plans here

This website contains a variety of activities and lesson plans for grades from 3 through 8.  Who Polluted the Potomac uses an interactive story to help students learn how our rivers have been affected by our growing population. This includes the impact of toxic materials on the environment.

Activity, Other 3-5, 6-8 Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution
Who Polluted the River? (from Population Connection)

See lesson plan and activities here.

As the lesson's website says, Grades 1 and 2 "students participate in an interactive story and learn how, as human populations have increased and land uses have changed, many of our rivers have become polluted. This example demonstrates that just as we each contribute to the problem, we can also each be part of the solution."

Activity, Book/Reading PreK-2 Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution
Why "Stuff" Matters

See Why "Stuff" Matters Part I here    See Why "Stuff" Matters Part II here

The Part I, 7-slide PowerPoint gives the definitions of three waste management strategies (recycling, reusing and reducing), and explains why reduction is the most preferred strategy. 

The Part II, 8-slide PowerPoint shows the impacts of "stuff" on the environment, specifically in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It also emphasizes the importance of looking at the full life cycle of products, not just looking at waste and disposal.

Other 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary Math, Science, Social Studies Reduction/Consumption, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Recycle/Reuse/Compost, Waste/Pollution
Women in the Material World (by D'Aluisio, Faith and Peter Menzel )

Check your library or store for this resource.

This 256-page book has 375 full-color photographs, statistics and insights on the status of women around the work. It portrays differences and similarities in women's lives throughout the world.

1996: Sierra Club Books 0-87156-398-3 (256 pgs. Nonfiction )

Book/Reading PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies Global Studies
World Population Video

See video here.

This seven minute film depicts the history of human population growth and distribution from 1 AD through the present, then projects future growth to the year 2030.

Activity, Videos 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Language Arts, Social Studies Global Studies, Population
Worms: Nature's Recyclers

See lesson plan here

In this lesson plan, students learn about nature's recycling process, the role worms play, and other related knowledge about composting. Diary of a Worm, an illustrated picture book by Doreen Cronin, is used with this lesson.

Activity PreK-2, 3-5 Language Arts, Science Recycle/Reuse/Compost

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