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Personal Waste Eco-Audit

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

80 minutes
30 minutes in first class period; 24-hour trash collection period; 50 minutes in second class period
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students learn how much waste the average person produces and think about how their own daily waste production compares to that average. Then they spend 24 hours collecting all the (nonhazardous) wastes they personally generate. Next, students inventory and log their results and reflect on how their waste production compares to the global average. Students also make a list of the electronic items they own or have owned and consider their personal role in managing e-wastes responsibly.

Key objectives for students
Predict the amount of waste they generate each day.
Collect personal wastes for one day.
Organize, analyze, and compare personal waste-production data.
Explore their personal history with electronics and e-waste production.
Identify and develop solutions for reducing personal waste and e-waste production.
Secondary subjects
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Mathematics
Topics
Waste, Trash, Consumption, Consumerism, Audit, Eco-audit, Compost, recycling, Electronic waste, e-waste
Skills
Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Mindfulness, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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