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Classroom Trash Audit
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: In this exercise, students will collect their own personal garbage an entire day. Or students will collect representative samples from the school's waste bins in order to conduct a trash audit.
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Clean Sweep U.S.A.
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional te...
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Day the Trash Came Out to Play, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author,/b> David M. Beadle

ISBN 0972785507

Story and humor combine to teach about litter and community efforts. Lessons focus on rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. For a review see

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Dumpster Diver, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Janet Wong, Illustrator David Roberts

ISBN 9780763623807

The topsy-turvy artwork keeps things light, but adults will find plenty to talk about with children, from the value of creative conservation to safe modeling of th...

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Food Scrap Compost, Food Scrap Management
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: While some excess food can be donated much will end up in landfills that could be composted. This site provides guidance on establishing a kitchen compost for food scrap management in a school. See how they recommend working with your waste hauler and local...
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Garbage
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Garbage is a video available from A&E, a production from the History Channel. "Time was, folks just dumped garbage wherever they wanted--buried it in their backyards or threw it in the ocean. In the age of recycling and dwindling resources, these low-tech dis...
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Garbage Day Video
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: "A father and son embark on a family adventure to find out where garbage goes. Your child will visit recycling centers and landfills and learn all about the grand and bedazzling machinery used to collect and process everyday trash. Garbage Day!, already a nati...
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Garbage Monster, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Fiction

Author, Joni Sensel

ISBN 09601195-2

Young Jo is asked to take out the garbage, but doesn't. "It can take itself out." But he soon comes face to face with a garbage monster in this cute, awareness raising book. Visit www.dreamf...

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Garbage Wars The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorPellow, David Naguib

ISBN0-262-66187-X

This is a study of clonflicts over solid waste and pollution in urban, generally communities of color and low-income populations. The author is a sociologist conduction research on...

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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Imagination Factory, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - List - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: This site combines arts and crafts and environmental education (and a lot of recycling/reusing). Lessons and activities are offered, and a list of suggested art uses (for items commonly placed into the waste stream) is provided. Each of these links to a proj...
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Look at a Landfill
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students wil identify landfills as the most common method of disposing solid waste; describe the form and function of a sanitary landfill by observing a model; understand that waste does not "go away" or decompose when...
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Milestones in Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: This site provides "a historical timeline of municipal solid waste management," starting with 500 B.C., when "the city of Athens organizes the first municipal dump in the Western world," through 2002. Most entries concern the United States. Includes links to r...
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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Recycling Lesson Plans/Recycling Thematic Units/Recycling Activities
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Lessons, printouts, clip art, crafts, books, and internet resources are all recommended at this site. Activities range from K-12, they include science, math, social studies and reading. The site has a commercial source for publications as well as a providing...
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Rethinking School Lunch
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: The RSL guide provides tools and creative solutions to the challenges of improving school lunch programs, student performance, and the well-being of our children. Drawing from first-hand experience, each of the 10 chapters highlights goals and challenges, show...
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Vermicomposting
Grade Level: Elementary - High School
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Instruction on vermicomposting in the classroom, at home, and as an academic exercise are provided. Resources include fact sheets on the role of worms, worm and worm bin supply sources, classroom worm composting and an animated interactive game (The Adventure...
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Vermicomposting (Making Good use of Garbage!)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Vermicomposting fun facts, information, activities, music (including The Littlest Worm), and reasons to consider vermicomposting.
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Waste Statistics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Statistics are provided for Waste, Steel Cans, Yard Waste,HDPE Bottles and Containers, Corrugated Boxes, PET, Newspapers, and Aluminum.
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What is Trash
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In 1999, Oregon disposed of 2.8 million tons of garbage. (See “Where Is Away?” Background for more details about solid and hazardous waste disposal). The terms “waste” and “resource” are relative and reflect our own needs and values rather than any objectiv...
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What's On Your Pizza? (The Garbage Pizza)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Check out the garbage pizza. This poster comes complete with lessons on the back. It is a downloadable PDF.
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Where Does the Garbage Go?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsShowers, Paul (illustrated by Randy Chewning)

ISBN006445114-3 (pbk)

Where Does the Garbage Go explains how people create too much waste and how some waste is now recycled and not always put into landfills.

T...

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Where is Away?
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away", identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school, identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash, and learn the "so...
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Where the Garbage Goes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Where the Garbage Goes is a video that allows the reader to "jump into the driver's seat of the haulers, grinders, dozers, loaders and compactors used at a state-of-the-art waste handling facility. Kids and grown-ups alike will become excited about recycling w...
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Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope provides a captivating look at rarely seen (close-up) organisms of the compost and worm bins. The video is 31 minutes and cost is $25 (July 2004).
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Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction (Lesson, Text)

Author Mary Appelhof

ISBN 0942256107

This has been long considered the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff). Authors Mary Appelhof. Topics include how to set up bins, what kinds of wo...

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Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

Authors Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris

ISBN 0-942256-05-0This classroom activity book complements "Worms Eat My Garbage" (the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff).

Books lis...

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Help Desk Questions

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