ERIC Number: ED454082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6. A Teacher's Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
This solid waste resource was designed as a flexible tool for teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade. The multidisciplinary focus includes math, science, art, social studies, language arts, and health. Lessons encourage students to utilize skills ranging from reading and writing to problem-solving and analytical thinking. This document provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing trash. Each chapter features one or more fact sheets providing background information on each topic. In addition, each chapter includes an index showing the grade ranges, subject areas, and skills used for each activity to help teachers select the appropriate activities. Each activity lists the suggested duration, materials needed, and other helpful information for teachers. A glossary of terms and a glossary of skills can be found at the end of the guide. Covered sequentially, this resource introduces the idea of natural resources as a source for many products that become solid waste; explains the life cycle of products and the quantity and type of waste they produce; and reviews common methods of managing solid waste including recycling, composting, landfilling, incinerating, and preventing waste in the first place. Some information about hazardous waste is also included. (Contains 19 sources.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Hazardous Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Solid Wastes, Waste Disposal
United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (5305W), Washington, DC 20460. Web site: http://www.epa.gov/osw.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.