ERIC Number: ED372982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Trash Conflicts: A Science and Social Studies Curriculum on the Ethics of Disposal. An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.
Ballin, Amy; And Others
Designed for middle school science and social studies classes, this document is a curriculum on waste disposal. Mathematics and language skills also are incorporated into many of the activities. In the study of trash disposal, science students benefit from understanding the social issues related to the problem. Social studies students need scientific background knowledge in order to understand the social issues. This curriculum is organized so that the first activities give a general sense of the scope of today's trash disposal problem. Students learn about the amount of trash that is created and the methods by which people dispose of it. Activities that might be classified as more scientific include experiments in which disposal methods are tried in the classroom. Activities that might be classified as more "social studies" include readings, discussions, and role plays about the controversies concerning various methods of disposal and use of resources. Later activities focus specifically on hazardous waste and the issues of environmental safety and social justice related to its disposal. Some actions that students themselves can take are identified and guidelines for getting involved in such projects are presented. Consisting of four chapters, the chapters include overviews, background information, and suggested teaching methods for teachers. Chapter 1 offers 15 activities about trash and its disposal. Chapter 2 contains six activities on hazardous waste. Chapter 3 includes four lessons on hazardous waste as a social justice issue. Chapter 4 has two activities on making a difference. A glossary, resource directory, and bibliography end the document. (DK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Ecology, Educational Resources, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Science Instruction, Social Studies, Waste Disposal
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.