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What Happens to Litter?

Lesson Description:
  • Describe litter, and explain where it comes from, what happens to it and why that matters.
  • Collect, record, organize, and interpret data using a variety of graphic representations.
  • Describe a year in terms of months.
  • Make observations and draw conclusions.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

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).

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.
  • Mathematics Standard 2: Understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of numbers.
  • Benchmark # 3: Understand symbolic, concrete, and pictorial representations of numbers.
  • Benchmark # 4: Understand basic whole number relationships (e.g., 4 is less than ten).

Mathematics Standard 4: Understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
  • Benchmark # 2: Understand the concept of time and how it is measured (e.g., months in a year).

Mathematics Standard 6: Understand and apply the basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis.
  • Benchmark # 1: Collect and represent information about objects or events in simple graphs (e.g., tally charts, bar graphs).

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.a

Materials Needed:
  • Copy of “Where Does Pollution Come From?” by C. Vance Cast
  • Poster markers or colored chalk
  • Grade appropriate grid paper
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Chart paper
  • "Rotting Litter" data table provided below

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