From A (Away) to Z (Zero)

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Schools generate a lot of trash. This lesson has groups collect data about the amount of trash that people generate at school over a period of time. They sort the trash and determine the amounts based upon type. The class determines the type of graph to use to display their data and discusses ways to reduce the school's waste. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Let groups decide on the way to display their collected data and to justify their choice
  • If factoring in a recycling program, revisit the data collection process to see if it has made an impact
Classroom Considerations

  • The data collection process should not take an entire class period during the first few days of the activity
  • The activity is the first in a nine-part series on recycling
Pros

  • The resource contains a section that explains all the up-front preparation required for the lesson
  • The web links provide additional background information to see a more than a local impact
Cons

  • Lesson does not include a clear set of goals or objectives