Where Trash Goes

This Where Trash Goes activity & project also includes:

Raise environmental awareness with the first lesson of this series on waste management. Read a short story about a fifth grader's trip to a landfill and introduce the concepts reduce, reduce, recycle, and compost. Follow up with a discussion about different ways young conservationists can reduce waste in the lunches they bring from home. Use this as an opportunity to further explore composting with a lesson on decomposition and the cycle of energy through an ecosystem. A great resource to add into an Earth Day celebration.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable

  • Provides a copy of the short story Carlo's Day at the Landfill to use in the lesson
  • Includes printable images and definitions that reinforce key vocabulary
  • Offers ideas for extending learning about conservation
  • All materials are available in both English and Spanish

  • Lesson requires modifications to ensure participation of all learners