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Lesson 2: Where Does Our Garbage Go?


In this lesson, students will explore what happens to garbage after it is thrown away. The first activity looks at the garbage itself. Garbage will be classified as either biodegradable or not, and connected to the principle of the conservation of matter. The second activity concerns garbage disposal methods. Students will participate in a jigsaw activity where they learn about one garbage disposal system, and then will teach their peers about the different systems. The focus will be on the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The third activity is a debate which shows that garbage disposal issues can disproportionately impact low income communities.