Waste Disposal/Sanitation Teacher Resources
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Integrated Unit on Nevada Solid Waste Disposal
Sixth graders examine how to gather and interpret data, accept responsibility for the environment, and demonstrate an interest in making a difference in this series of lessons.
Integrated Unit on Nevada Solid Waste Disposal
Sixth graders walk through an environment and record on a worksheet things they saw, touched,and heard as well as a list of animals and people. In this investigative activity students become aware of environments and their interdependence and how their balance is important.
Rivers for the Common Good
Learners explore what effects improper waste disposal and water pollution have on the water cycle. They explore how philanthropic acts can help protect the water cycle and keep our water and planet clean.
A Messy Survey
Students examine food waste and the concept of recycling. In this recycling lesson, students learn what composting is, conduct a lunchroom survey, and tabulate the results. They study vocabulary related to composting and share the results of the food-waste survey.
A Messy Survey
Students explore the concept of composting. In this environmental lesson plan, students examine the food waste in their school's cafeteria and recognize composting as a way to care for the planet as they share the results a food waste survey they conduct.
Trash! How Cities Work: Dealing with Garbage in the US and India
Students identify how different cultures deal with the challenge of trash. Read an excerpt from a chapter book based on real life written from the Southern Indian perspective. Describe the life of a street child in Southern India. Explain the importance of recycling and list at least 5 ways to reduce garbage.
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students examine what to do with waste as they plan and implement a strategy for controlling their school's trash.
One Person's Trash: Breaking it down
Students research how trash is disposed of and make an edible landfill. In this trash lesson plan, students research proper trash disposal, and discuss how trash affects the community. Then they make an edible landfill.
The Importance of Recycling Batteries
Students discover the types of batteries and their uses. They experience static electricity by rubbing glass jars and using it to raise their hair. After discussing the importance of recycling batteries and using ones that are rechargeable, they build homemade wet cells based on the Voltaic cell.
The Hydrologic (Water) Cycle
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Three R's to Environmental Stewardship: Earth Day
Students explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing instructional activity students read Dinosaurs to the Rescue and apply their findings to learning ways to conserve resources. Students complete a worksheet and complete a chosen project for Earth Day.
Wow! Separate organelles from the cells of dried peas. Observe vacuoles in beet cells. Watch protists in action. Examine SEM photographs. Beginning biologists get a complete exposure to the structure and function of cell organelles. Two assessments are also available, which you can assign as homework. These activities can serve as the foundation for your curriculum on cell structure.
Industrialization of the American Landscape
Students explore the Chernobyl incident and the resulting environmental health impacts. They explore three different isotopes that were released into the atmosphere. Through inquiry, students determine the difference between types of ionizing radiation and how elements are transmuted. They chart the decay series and health hazards of a number of radioactive isotopes. Students examine the future of nuclear energy.
Pollution Solutions: Earth Day
Eighth graders explore water pollution. In this stewardship activity, 8th graders draw comparisons between potable and impaired waters. Students use the Learning Link website to examine ways people are fighting pollution and then design an action hero to end water pollution.
Molehill or Mountain
Students explore the concept of waste management. In this environmental stewardship instructional activity, students consider the trash generated by people per day and discuss what steps they can personally take to reduce waste.
Organic and Inorganic Recycling
Learners examine their role in polluting the environment and discuss the importance of recycling. In groups, they place earthworms into compost piles to observe why they are considered natural recyclers. They also practice sorting a pile of materials into recycleable and non-recyclable objects. To end the lesson, they discover how paper and plastic are recycled.
Social Responsibility Need - Versus - Greed
Students look at situations where people's rights have been infringed. They stimulate thought and action regarding use of our resources and respecting diversity. They respect those who have different beliefs/customs and appreciate that others' religious convictions are often deeply felt.
Primary Energy Sources Pros and Cons
Students explore the different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In this earth science lesson, students discuss the pros and cons of each type. They conduct a variety of experiments on renewable energy.
Digging for Dirt
Middle schoolers examine how trash is removed and evaluate statistics related to trash removal. In this trash removal lesson, students explore the different methods of trash removal and make an original diagram graphing statistical information. Middle schoolers answer questions about trash removal. Students write a government official with reference to trash removal.
How Much Water?
Young scholars investigate amount of water available in different countries around the world, compare it to their daily water use, and explore how unequal distribution of water can cause challenges to survival. Students then discuss need to protect and conserve fresh water supplies.