Trash to Treasure!

One person's trash is another man's treasure. Challenge your class to build something useful out of the trash they throw away on a regular basis. Groups design and build a practical item from trash they collect, allowing the class to think about the ways they can help the environment by reusing items they normally would throw into the landfill.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have teams follow the design process in creating their treasures
Classroom Considerations

  • The Carbon Print worksheet is the same worksheet from the Global Climate Change lesson
  • Collect trash/recyclables for a couple of weeks before the activity
  • The final activity in a 12-part series
Pros

  • The assessment section provides questions to ask before the activity
  • The scaling section provides suggestions for ways to alter the activity for lower and upper grades
Cons

  • None