Reflection: Checks for Understanding Where the Waste Goes - Section 5: Evaluate


In assessing student responses, one of the things that I noticed was that many students were confused about the status of paper products. Even though we discussed this during the lesson, many students still felt as though paper napkins, paper plates, paper towels, etc, were non-biodegradable.   Since paper is derived from trees, most paper products are biodegradable, even if they do take a little longer to decompose than some other natural items, such as fruits, vegetables, etc.  This is a concept that may need extra discussion in class in order to clarify any misconceptions.

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Where the Waste Goes

Unit 4: Enivronmental Science
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: SWBAT define biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste and identify types of biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash in order to formulate alternatives to offset trash production in their household.

Big Idea: In this lesson students investigate their own trash consumption and become aware of how the disposal of non-biodegradable waste impacts the environment.

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