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Green Packaging

Lesson Description:
  • Identify and describe how manufacturer’s action in regards to waste management can affect change and improve the environment.
  • Identify and describe the life cycle of consumer products.
  • Collect, record, organize, interpret and analyze data using a variety of graphic representations and draw logical conclusions.
  • Communicate their ideas in writing and inform readers about their actions to reduce waste.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
50 minutes
Standards Addressed:
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).

Technology Standard 4: Understand the nature of technological design.
  • Benchmark # 5: Know constraints that must be considered when designing a solution to a problem (e.g., cost materials, safety, scientific laws, environmental impact, time, space, etc).

Technology Standard 6: Understand the nature and uses of different forms of technology.
  • Benchmark # 6: Know that manufacturing processes include designing the product, gathering natural and/or synthetic resources, and final production.

Science Standard 12: Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
  • Benchmark # 3: Plans and conducts simple investigations.

Economics Standard 2: Understand characteristics of different economic systems, institutions and economic advantages.
  • Benchmark # 4: Know households (i.e., individuals or family units), as consumers, buy goods and services from businesses.

Language Arts Standard 1: Use the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Benchmark # 12: Write letters.

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).

Materials Needed:
  • "Sample Data Collection Worksheet" provided below
  • "Data Collection Worksheet" provided below
  • Pencils
  • Empty Plastic Drink Bottle
  • Brown paper lunch bags full of trash (one per work group)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Green Packaging.Lesson.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf what-are-we-wasting.pdf

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