Lesson Plan

Grades K-2, 3-5

Waste A-Weigh

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Several class periods

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Personal Consumption, Solid Waste

Resource Overview

By weighing and recording their lunch waste every day for a week, students learn how conservation efforts can reduce the total amount of trash generated.

Students will be able to:
  • Develop and implement ways to create less waste during lunchtime.
  • Record and analyze data to determine the weight of waste produced during a week and the amount of waste saved as result of conservation efforts.
  • Identify ways as an individual, a class, or a school, to continue waste reduction efforts.
Students weigh their lunch waste every day for a week and then employ strategies to decrease their waste footprint

Features of This Resource

  • Students collect and analyze their own data
  • Skills include measuring weight and calculating averages
  • Lesson empowers students to create an action plan for good

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