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If Trash Could Talk
Ancient trash tells archaeologists a lot about the past. In this activity, learners take a close look inside their trash can and think about the clues it offers about their lives.
A Scientific CleanupAdd to list Details
This is a comprehensive lesson plan on page 85 for a group cleanup trip to a local beach, lake or stream. Learners keep track of the types and amounts of trash picked up and analyze this information.
All Tangled UpAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 60, learners examine and simulate wildlife entanglement by experiencing what it might be like to be a marine animal trapped in debris.
In this activity (located at the top of the page), learners make an easy river strainer and see what they can catch.
Trash TraitsAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 24, learners perform experiments to examine whether or not trash can float, blow around, or wash away.
A Degrading ExperienceAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 27, learners perform an experiment to learn about how different types of marine debris degrade and how weather and sunlight affect the rate of degradation.
In this engineering activity, challenge learners to make a "grabber" that can pick up trash. Learners use simple materials to create pinchers that can grab small items.
In this activity, learners conduct a waste audit and use their findings to implement a plan for reducing trash.
Who Dirtied The Water?
In this activity, learners receive a labeled plastic film canister containing a material representing a pollutant (i.e. pencil shavings = a beaver's wood chips).
In this activity, learners collect, categorize, weigh and analyze classroom trash and discuss ways that engineers have helped to reduce solid waste.
Pollution and Waste Audit: Making Responsible Decisions about WasteAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover the three R's of environmental protection: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Storm Water Runoff Pollution
This activity (located on page 8 of the PDF) introduces learners to the concept of Non-point Source Pollution--what happens when rain washes garbage and other pollutants into rivers and lakes.
Landfill in a BottleAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover how landfills affect the natural environment.
In this activity, learners gain a better understanding of how household/school waste breaks down in a landfill. Learners collect trash and then create miniature landfills in 2-liter bottles.
Recycling Rules: Understanding Recycling and a MRF
In this activity, learners simulate the separation techniques that materials recovery facilities (MRFs) use and then design their own series of recycling techniques.