ERIC Number: ED371943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Cycling Back to Nature with Biodegradable Polymers.
Horton, Robert L.; And Others
This sourcebook, for use with groups of up to 25 young people ages 10 and up, is designed to stimulate a sense of environmental stewardship for the planet through group discussion, role playing, experimentation, demonstration, and simulation. Lessons that stand alone or can be used in sequence require common materials and little preparation, making them useful for volunteer leaders with limited resources. The activities are organized in nine sections that illustrate the interlocking and overlapping aspects of nature's cycles. The activities in the sections: (1) introduce the group to four natural cycles: water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen; (2) review interaction between producers, consumers, and decomposers within the natural cycles; (3) explore the meaning and production of plastics; (4) talk about the presence of plastic packaging in the environment; (5) help the group see why biodegradable polymers are an important breakthrough; (6) help the group see that composting is nature's way of recycling; (7) explore the need to recycle traditional plastics; (8) help the group focus on the range of possibilities for packaging with biodegradable polymers; and (9) help the group explore ways to increase public awareness about biodegradable polymers while emphasizing the need to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Seven appendices contain information and activities about earth cycles, landfills, composting, labeling, packaging, and letter writing. (MDH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; National Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Columbus, OH.; National 4-H Council, Chevy Chase, MD.