Environment/Go Green UNIT

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  1. dxiechicken41

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    Hello! I am looking for an environmental science/recycling/go green science unit. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks! :D
     
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    could you start composting or make a garden? you could do a study of insects that are good for gardens, study native plants & animals, learn about soil layers, etc.
     
  4. WaProvider

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    A very easy intro into Composting is to make a large jar w/soil layers and as you are adding the soil place plastic and styrofoam in the soil. It will not ever change. Then add some newspaper or something that will not encourage flies but will decompose w/air and light.

    Then you can move on to talking about how landfills aren't the same as your jar. They are air and water tight - for our safety. How does that effect that decompostion. There is plenty of material to talk about this on line. Decades old readable newspapers and stuff.

    Then start a tiny composter or worm bin (if they can touch the worms). They will see how much faster the items decompose. This is the recycle.

    Use this "soil" to plant an herb for the class-this is the reuse.

    Discuss how the saran wrap on veggies isn't biodegradable, but the veggies are. They can Reduce the amount going to landfil by purchasing the produce out of packaging. That is the reduce.

    We have done it many times. Sounds complicated-but even for my tiny kids it is only a couple of days and is very content based. Your big kids could work math (decomp time), science logging (building and observation of bin), techno skills (computer searches) and reading all into one.
     

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