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The Adventures of Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans

Lesson Description:
  • Explain the need to reduce the amount of trash they generate, and describe ways in which they can make changes in their actions to support waste reduction.
  • Identify and describe the life cycle of consumer products.
  • Communicate their ideas in writing and by creating graphic representations to classmates about the life cycle of a plastic bottle or aluminum can.
  • Understand and summarize informational text.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes, could be divided into two sessions
Standards Addressed:
Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark # 5: Know advantages and disadvantages of recycling and reusing different types of materials.

Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know ways in which resources can be managed and why it is important to do so (e.g., conservation practices, recycling non-renewable resources).

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
  • Benchmark # 3: Respond to questions and comments (e.g., gives reasons in support of opinions).

Language Arts Standard 7: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.
  • Benchmark # 1: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines) .
  • Benchmark # 5: Summarizes and paraphrases information in texts (e.g., includes the main idea and significant supporting details of a reading selection).

Materials Needed:
  • Multiple copies of “The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle” by Allison Inches
  • Multiple copies of “The Adventures of an Aluminum Can” by Allison Inches
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils
  • Provided conclusion and reflection worksheet
  • Large white construction paper
  • Crayons or markers

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org

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