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Land Fill Gas (LFG) a Source of Energy?

Lesson Description:
  • Identify and describe the problems and concerns people have about burying trash in landfills and justify their position on the matter.
  • Identify and define the pros and cons landfill gas use.
  • Write a well-constructed opinion on the use of landfills and justify their position with details from research, observations and data.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 2: Understand the possible impact that present conditions and patterns of consumption, production and population growth might have on the future spatial organization of Earth.
  • Benchmark # 4: Understand why different points of view exist regarding contemporary geographic issues (e.g., some communities find the recycling and incineration of waste too costly or impractical, and use a landfill solution as one of their primary methods of disposal)

Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know ways in which technology has influenced the course of history (e.g., improvements in sanitation and waste management- incorporating LFG collection systems in landfills).

Health Standard 2: Know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know ways local, state, federal and international efforts to contain an environmental crisis and prevent recurrence (e.g., solid waste contamination/air pollution).

Language Arts Standard 1: Use the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Benchmark # 6: Write expository compositions (e.g., state a thesis or purpose, present information that reflects knowledge about the topic of report, organize and present info in a logical manner, including an intro and conclusion, use their own words to develop ideas, use common expository structures, such as compare and contrast or problem-solution).
  • Benchmark # 11: Write compositions that address problems/solutions (e.g., identify and define a problem, describe at least one solution, present logical and well-supported reasons).

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:
  • Pencils and paper
  • Index cards
  • Reference materials: dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries, the Internet
  • Vocabulary handout provided below

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