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What Lands up in the Landfill?

Lesson Description:
  • Explain the need to reduce the amount of trash disposed of in landfills.
  • Identify ways in which humans can make changes in their actions to support waste reduction.
  • Organize, interpret and analyze data using graphic representations and draw logical conclusions.
  • Communicate ideas and inform the public about concerns regarding solid waste management.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
50 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
Benchmark # 2: Know strategies for wise management and use of renewable and non-renewable resources (e.g., programs for recycling and reusing materials).

Mathematics Standard 1: Use a variety of strategies in the problem solving process.
Benchmark # 5: Represent problem situations in, and translate among oral, written, concrete, pictorial and graphical forms.

Mathematics Standard 3: Use basic and advanced procedures while performing the process of computation.
Benchmark # 6: Use proportional reasoning to solve mathematical and real-world problems (e.g., involving fractions, proportions and percents).

Mathematics Standard 6: Understand and apply the basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis.
Benchmark # 4: Read and interpret data in charts, tables and plots.
Benchmark # 5: Organize and display data using tables, graphs (e.g., bar graphs, pie charts and line graphs), frequency distributions and plots.
Benchmark # 8: Understand that the same set of data can be represented using a variety of tables, graphs, and symbols and that different modes of representation often convey different messages.

Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
Benchmark # 5: Know ways in which technology and society influence one another (e.g., New processes for solid waste management encourage humans to change habits).

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
Benchmark # 5: Use grade level appropriate vocabulary in speech (e.g., specialized language).

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper
  • Poster marker
  • Art materials: paper, markers, colored pencils
  • Rulers, protractors and compasses

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Pie Chart.pdf

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