ERIC Number: ED347079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Community Solutions to Solid Waste Pollution. Operation Waste Watch: The New Three Rs for Elementary School. Grade 6. [Second Edition.]
Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.
This publication, the last 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 sixth grade students focusing on community solutions to solid waste pollution. Waste management activities included in this unit seek to facilitate an environmental awareness and sense of environmental responsibility. The unit presents the following major ideas: (1) solid waste management is a very important issue in all communities; (2) because of the complexity of the issues, decisions regarding solid waste management are often difficult; (3) individuals and communities have several options they can pursue to improve solid waste management; (4) citizens need to learn about waste management problems, and some disposal methods and habits must be changed; (5) in many communities, local laws need improvement before litter and solid waste problems can be adequately managed; and (6) landfills must be managed properly to avoid water pollution and other problems. In the activities students are guided in studying their own locality's solid waste problems and in designing a model waste disposal plan. Students can apply the knowledge gained in the community study with a solid waste management role simulation activity. 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.