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A Lot of Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - School Projects
Summary: Students will define and give examples of waste and identify the amounts of solid waste produced by individuals and groups. This activity conducts an audit of classroom waste and is an appropriate activity for grades 1-3.
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Back to School Waste Prevention
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Start the school year off with less wasteful materials. Identify some ways to reuse from the previous year, to buy wisely and recycled, to manage batteries and reuse or recycle electronics and plan lunch for waste reduction. Some very good suggestions, combi...
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Buyer's Choice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in social science and math. Students will assess the factors that affect purchases and recognize that a number of economic factors affect consumer choices and that some factors are enviornmental in nature...
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Case of the Broken Loop
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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Composting in Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This site is provided by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and Cornell University. Cornell Composting privides scientific inquiry for high school students as well as instructions for observing compost invertegrates and microorganisms, ideas for student...
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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart

ISBN 0865475873 April 22, 2002

These authors examine the way things are produced and recycled and how humans consume. They want to eliminate waste altogether yet preserve...

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Environmental Virtual Campus
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Fast Facts about Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Great links and documents as well as facts in 20 different categories.
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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 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 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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It's Time to Open the Gifts!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before opening all those gaily wrapped packages, CIMB provides a few hints to get you through the mountains of ribbon, stuffing, and wrapping.
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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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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 1995-2000 Facts and Figures
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: These reports reports provide all of the publications 1995 through 2000 in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of muni...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This report is the latest publication in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2001. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of municipal solid...
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Needs and Wants (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will recognize the impace of humans on natural systems; make predictions about the impace of certain behaviors and how personal or cultural perspectives affect these behaviors; assess factors that affect consum...
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Needs and Wants (Grades K-3)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in Social Science and English. Students will be able to discriminate between wants and needs, quantiy and quality, necessities and luxuries; evaluate their own motives for buying things; think about the l...
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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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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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There is No Away (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for grades 4-5, this lesson will help students 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; learn the "solid...
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Throwaway Three (skit)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This is a collection of plays that are often used for enriching pollution prevention and waste reduction lessons. Throwaway Three is a classic skit found in many locations but was originally developed by the Atlanta Clean City Commission.
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Too Much Trash
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Faye Robinson

ISBN 0516060422

This book explores landfills and waste management concerns.

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Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Robert Lilienfeld

AIN 449001687

The authors campaign to change consumer habits. Recycling is a good thing, but preventing the potential entry of products into the waste stream is far more desirable. Using less stuff...

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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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