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Where is Away?

Lesson Description:
Students will recognize that there is no 'away' in 'throw it away'. students will identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and school. they will identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash. they will learn the solid waste hierarchy for best management of our trash. students will read 'sarah cynthia sylvia stout' from where the sidewalk ends by shel silverstein.

students will:
-recognize that there is no “away” in “throw it away”
-identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school
-identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash
-learn the “solid waste hierarchy” for best management of our trash
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

Time Needed:
40 minutes
Materials Needed:
-read: “sarah cynthia sylvia stout” from where the sidewalk ends by
shel silverstein
-transparencies, where trash goes and oregon w
School or Group:
Deq Oregon State
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf whereisaway.pdf
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