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ERIC Number: ED519257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 238
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8. A Teacher's Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. EPA530-R-05-005
US Environmental Protection Agency
The "Quest for Less" is designed for teachers in grades K-8 to use as one of the many tools in the development of lesson plans. Activities and concepts in this resource can be incorporated into existing curricula, or teachers can create special week-long units on the environment and solid waste or use the activities to commemorate Earth Day. This guide provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing waste. Its 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 resource introduces the idea of natural resources as a source for many products that become solid waste; explains the quantity and type of waste products create; and reviews the common methods of managing solid waste, including recycling, composting, landfilling, incinerating, and preventing waste in the first place. It also includes some information about hazardous waste. Each chapter in "The Quest for Less" includes one or more fact sheets that provide background information on a topic and an index showing the grade ranges, subject areas, and skills used for each activity. Each activity, in turn, provides a 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 resource. [This paper is an updated version of "The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6. A Teacher's Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling", a report published in November 2000. To access this report, see ED454082.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Environmental Protection Agency