A bulldozer at a landfill pushing around trash

Fifth Graders Follow Their Trash

Humane educator Dr. Elizabeth Crawford helps teachers-in-training develop their competencies in helping their students become global citizens and solutionaries.

Students in Elizabeth’s classes create “solutionary” units on a variety of global ethical issues, and then work with classroom teachers to pilot those units.

fifth gradersMelinda Wiggins teaches 5th grade for an elementary school in the New Hanover County Schools district in North Carolina.

Melinda recently shared with us that her students participated in a unit (created by some of Elizabeth’s students) focused on responsible consumption and production.

Here’s what Melinda said:

Our class was introduced to a unit created by the MAT students at the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington called Kids for a Sustainable Future.

The unit revolves around the idea of responsible consumption and production.

Our class really focused on learning where trash goes and what are the positive and negative aspects of each choice.

We also studied waste management practices in Europe and how they are much more sustainable than current practices in the US.

We learned about the 4 R’s and made PSAs about how we could make one small change that would make a difference.

Here are some pictures of our learning:

Students outlined what they learned during their trip to the local landfill.
Students mapped some of the things that happen to trash and some of its impacts.
Students created a map comparing waste practices in Europe and in the US.
Students brainstormed some of the ways we can reduce how much waste we generate.