ERIC Number: ED347076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Trash Trends. Operation Waste Watch: The New Three Rs for Elementary School. Grade Three. [Second Edition.]
Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.
This publication, the fourth in a series of seven for elementary schools, is an environmental education curriculum guide with a focus on waste management issues. It contains a unit of exercises selected for third grade students focusing on waste management. Litter is cited as one problem that very young children can comprehend and solve. They can learn to dispose of waste properly, help recycle some items, and come to understand how their own behavior affects the environment. The activities included in this unit use waste management to facilitate an environmental awareness and sense of environmental responsibility. Unit activities are designed to allow students to trace historical changes in consumption and packaging and study the meaning of the term biodegradable. The unit presents the following major ideas: (1) manufactured products and packaging have changed through time; (2) the United States has problems with both littered and non-littered solid wastes; (3) the increased numbers of people and products create a huge amount of waste; (4) modern packaging has many advantages; (5) some modern packages are necessary while others are not; (6) modern materials often last a long time when littered in the environment; (7) it takes thought and imagination to invent useful packages; and (8) people are responsible for solid waste and litter. Each activity in the unit meets the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning Objectives for Science, however, the material is designed to be interdisciplinary and may also be used to meet social studies, health, language arts, mathematics, or art requirements. A list of additional resources (articles, magazines, educational curricula) is included. (MCO)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.