Waste management is a critical aspect of supporting a sustainable world, and changing the culture of a wasteful society starts with educating children. Help your students learn how to rethink and reduce their waste by building waste management activities into your curriculum.
Learning Lab has more than 80 lessons across grades K–12, and multiple subjects in English and Spanish, to support teaching about food. Check out this month's selection and envision how to incorporate them into your classroom plans this fall:
Kindergarten: Waste Matters, created by EcoRise Youth Innovations and RIS. In this lesson, students participate in hands-on games to learn the basic concepts of waste, including different types of waste and how to divide them into separate bins. Access the Spanish version.
Grades 3–5: Natural Laws and Principles of the Material Cycle, created by the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. Students analyze the material cycle by investigating what types of materials are used in their schools and how much. Based on what they discover, they create and propose a plan for material cycling in their school.
Grades 9–12: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep: Materials and Resources, created by USGBC. This lesson covers the intents of the Materials and Resources credit category in the LEED green building rating system, and the connection to conservation of materials, environmentally preferable materials and waste management.