Lesson Plan

The Trash We Pass

This The Trash We Pass lesson plan also includes:

Where does our garbage go? What is the difference between a recyclable and non-recyclable item? Pose these important, but often overlooked, questions to your class and invite them to consider the lasting and damaging effects of the simple action of throwing trash away. You can incorporate this instructional activity into a variety of grade levels and subject areas, especially around Earth Day.

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Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Involves a range of learning strategies and activities, from a physical demonstration of weighing trash to interpreting and analyzing data from graphs
  • Great starting point for project on composting efforts in school and community
  • Worksheets included
  • Check for validity of second instructional point regarding the Great Wall of China and Fresh Kills Landfill
  • Instructor will need to conduct some research about landfills and recyclables before implementing several of the activities