Benchmark Question: What effects has technology had on
the EarthÕs surface and resources?
Focus Question: What can be done with school trash
to conserve natural resources?
The teacher will pose the
focus question to facilitate discussion and then will review how natural
resources are used to produce the products we use in our lives on a daily
The teacher will present
students with a container of trash. The trash should be poured from the
container onto a mat. Students will wear latex gloves and sort the trash
into piles of recyclable materials and non-recyclable materials. Students
will discuss questions such as:
- What can we do to recycle these objects more
effectively at school?
- What happens to these items when they reach
the dump (or landfill)?
- How does this waste affect the environment?
NOTE: Students might think that all plastics and papers are recyclable. It
isnÕt too early to educate students on what types of plastics (#2 HDPE) and
paper are able to be recycled locally. Local recycle center coordinators
are usually happy to visit the classroom and/or provide educational
- What natural resources are conserved by
reducing, reusing, and/or recycling these materials?
- What technology is used to recycle these
- Who was instrumental in studying the
relationship between deterioration of the planet and industrial growth
and waste? Warren