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Lesson Description:
  • Identify and describe how an individual’s action in regards to waste management can affect change and improve the environment.
  • Communicate their ideas in writing and inform readers about their conclusion on buying in bulk to improve the environment.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
45 minutes
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.

Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
  • Benchmark # 4: Know that new inventions reflect people’s needs and wants, and when these change, technology changes to reflect the new needs and wants.
  • Benchmark # 5: Understand that technology may affect the environment both negatively and positively (e.g., the introduction of plastics).

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).
  • Benchmark # 5: Use strategies to convey a clear main point when speaking (e.g., express ideas in a logical manner, use specific vocabulary to present information).

Materials Needed:
  • Empty plastic drink bottle from previous lesson
  • “Meet the Greens” story sheet provided below
  • Paper and pencils

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

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