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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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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