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Where Litter Ends Up

Lesson Description:

 Students will be able to ... 

  • where litter ends up thumbnailDescribe litter, explain how litter moves and its connection to water pollution.
  • Identify ways humans can help improve the environment by preventing litter.
  • Differentiate between point source and non-point source pollution.
  • Make observations and draw conclusions about a litter related event.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • 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).

Science Standard 10: Understand force and motion.
  • 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 2: Use stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
  • Benchmark # 1: Use descriptive words to convey basic ideas.
  • Benchmark # 2: Use declarative and interrogative sentences in written compositions.

Materials Needed:
  • Student journals
  • Pencils
  • Mailing tube
  • Kiddie pool
  • Clean water
  • Two or more pails with pouring spout
  • Clear glass pitcher
  • Tea bags, five or six
  • Package of instant chocolate pudding
  • Packages of orange and green gelatin
  • Assorted small pieces of waste: bottle caps, pieces of paper, foam packing peanuts

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Located in: Science | Health | Language Arts

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