Back to Earth Day Trash Survey Unit Lesson Plans
- Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Social Studies, Math
After students have created their final report, they develop action plans to prevent trash from becoming a problem in the future. One example might be if students find high levels of fast-food garbage in their collections, students may choose to contact local and national fast-food restaurant owners to ask them for help in the fight against trash.
- Make inferences and reasoned arguments based on data analysis.
- Formulate reports suggesting an action plan to address a problem in the community.
Materials and Resources
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- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Internet access: None.
- Students brain storm ways in which they can work with the people and organizations that represent the sources to keep litter from becoming a problem in the first place. Students might elect to create posters for placement at local fast-food restaurants, conduct letter writing campaigns to headquarters of national organizations, and/or present their findings at the city council meeting. Students should develop specific requests or suggestions to make to the organizations or individuals when they contact them. They might suggest to fast-food chains that they develop more prominent anti-litter icons on their packaging or conduct public education about fast-food litter.
- Once an approach has been decided upon, organize students into groups to carry out the approach.