ERIC Number: ED343777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Let's Reduce and Recycle: Curriculum for Solid Waste Awareness. Lesson Plans for Grades K-6 and 7-12. Revised.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
The purpose of this guide is to educate young people about the problems associated with solid waste. The activities encourage them to think about options for reducing the amount of waste they generate and how they can help by recycling and learning about other waste management alternatives. The lesson plans deal specifically with garbage and recycling, but in so doing encompass such broad areas as social and economic issues, natural resources and natural cycles, and a variety of pollution problems. Immediately following the Introduction are two short sections that are useful in carrying out the lesson plans. The first, Developing a Community Profile, will help students form a basis on which to make activities more relevant to their interests. The second, Clip Art for Source Reduction/Recycling Activities, will help teachers get started with some graphics ideas. The main body of the guide is divided into two sections: one for grades kindergarten through 6, and one for grades 7 through 12. The activities have been designed to give the teacher maximum flexibility. Each activity begins with an objective, and most introduce new vocabulary, which is defined in the glossary at the back of the guide. The first section contains 28 activities and the second 36 activities that are divided into units entitled: (1) "What is Waste?"; (2) "Where Does Waste Go?"; (3) "How Does Waste Affect Our Resources?"; (4) "How Can We Produce Less Waste?"; and (5) "What Can We Do About Waste?" Also, at the back of the guide are: a short skit about waste through the ages called"Throwaway Three," which can be performed by any grade level; addresses of state solid waste agencies; a list of information sources; and a material evaluation form. (KR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.