Last year my students and I participated in the Disney Planet Challenge. It is an amazing program but requires a tremendous amount of class time. We (and I do mean we) learned so much about the environment. One of the activities we tried was called the 24 Hour Trash Task. I had the students tie a trash bag around their waist and put all their garbage in it for 24 hours. I participated in the task, too. It REALLY made you think before you threw something away.The next day we weighed our trash and then sorted it to see what could have been recycled. I think it was the most eye opening activity that we did.
|Wearing our Garbage|
|Weighing our Garbage|
After this they completed a technology task that involved them analyzing data and creating a pie chart in Google Docs. It was a great learning experience for all of us! Click (HERE) for a copy of the Tech Task directions.
|One of my student's presentations.|
EARTH DAY LESSON PLAN:1. Opener- Play this video and discuss the 3Rs and what they mean. (Don't forget you can use zamzar.com to download to your computer or flash drive.)
4. Assign the 24 Trash Task.
Here's a great Earth Day Linky Party! Click on the picture for lots of great Earth Day ideas.
I hope you enjoy this lesson! Good luck as you continue to create magic in your classroom!