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. Melinda Wiggins teaches 5th grade for an elementary school in the New…

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Waste and Recycling Issues

Waste and Recycling Issues

Resources (books, videos, lesson plans, articles, and more) to help teach and/or learn about issues related to waste, trash, garbage, and recycling.

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Resource header: True Price

True Price and MOGO Speed Rounds

Through these quick icebreakers, help make it second nature for students to think about how all their decisions relate to a just and humane world. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 5-20 minutes

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A birthday cake with letter candles that spell out Happy Birthday

Tips for Ethical, Low-Waste, Eco-Friendly Birthday Parties

by Marsha Rakestraw Balloons and decorations. Disposable tableware. Gift wrap and little plastic toys. Birthday parties are often accompanied by a slew of waste and wear on people, animals, and the earth. But parties can be fun and full of humane choices that do more good and less harm. Here are tips to consider for…

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Resources: Which harms less?

Which Harms Less?

Great for a larger assembly, this activity asks students to compare pairs of similar products to consider which of the two helps more and harms less. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Whale breaching the ocean's surface

Whale’s Stomach

Students learn about the impact of our “throwaway society” by exploring all the different kinds of trash found in a whale’s stomach. Recommended for grades 3-8. Time: 15-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8.   Find out how some of…

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Resources: True Price

True Price

Students will explore the positive & negative impacts of our product choices on themselves, other people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 20-60 minutes, or several days Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12. Find out how some…

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Resources: Trash Investigators

Trash Investigators

What’s in our trash that doesn’t need to be there? Participants investigate a trash source and analyze which items can be removed from the waste stream. Recommended for grades 4-8. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 4-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8.   Find…

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¿Qué Hace El Menor Daño?

¿Qué Hace El Menor Daño?

Excelente para dirigirse a un grupo numeroso de estudiantes, esta actividad propone a los estudiantes que comparen pares o productos similares para considerar cuál de los dos ayuda más y hace el menor daño. Recomendado para grados de 5 en adelante Duración: De 15-30 minutos Traducido por Ana Luisa Rincon  

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