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Litter from Lunchtime

Lesson Description:

LitterAtLunchBunny Students will be able to…

  • describe litter, and explain where it comes from, what happens to it and why that matters.
  • identify ways humans can help improve the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.
  • describe objects by their relative location and how they move.
  • make observations and draw conclusions about a litter related event.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
45 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • technology standard 3: understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
    • benchmark # 3: know that man-made materials, products, and systems can affect the environment adversely, yet there are things that can be done to circumvent this process (e.g., disposing of waste properly, reusing old objects in new ways).
  • science standard 10: understand force and motion.
    • benchmark # 3: know that the position of an object can be described by locating it relative to another object or the background.
    • benchmark # 5: know things move in many different ways (e.g., straight line, circular motion).
  • science standard 12: understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
    • benchmark # 1: know learning can come from careful observation and simple experiments.
  • health standard 2: know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
    • benchmark # 1: know the sources and causes of pollution in the community.
  • language arts standard 6: use reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary text.
    • benchmark # 1: use reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of familiar literary passages and texts (e.g., picture books, predictable books…).
    • benchmark # 5: relate stories to personal experiences.

Materials Needed:
  • trash bags
  • paper lunch bag
  • plastic sandwich bag
  • plastic utensils
  • empty drink can
  • paper napkin

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (gef)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf LitterAtLunch.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf LitterfromLunchtime.pdf
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