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Building Bins

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

100 minutes
Two 50-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Arts, Science
Grade: 
3, 4
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In this lesson, students learn the difference between organic garbage (which comes from natural sources and readily degrades) and inorganic garbage (which comes from human-made sources and can take a very long time to degrade). They learn the value of sorting different types of wastes so that those wastes can more easily be managed in a sustainable way. Finally, students make recycling bins and learn advocacy skills as they educate the school community about the purpose and value of the bins.

Key objectives for students
Define "organic waste" and identify examples.
Define "inorganic waste" and identify examples.
Explain the value of sorting garbage.
Build recycling bins and educate the school community about the importance of recycling.
Secondary subjects
Biology, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts, Science
Topics
organic, inorganic, Biodegradable, Decompose, Decomposition, garbage, Waste, Compost, reduce, reuse, recycle
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application
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