Intermediate Education

Below you will find a science curriculum on source reduction from the National Science Teachers Association, geared torwards middle school students. Reducing is technically known as source reduction. It means minimizing the use of materials and energy so that we can save resources, reduce pollution and significantly cut down on the creation of toxic and hazardous waste. Eliminating waste in the first place is the real reason why reducing should come before recycling: reducing is proactive, while recycling is reactive.

Activities

Source Reduction Curriculum Guide

We don't expect you'll use all the lessons, however we do have a suggested Core Curriculum of seven activities to ensure subject mastery: lesson 1, 4, 6, and either 7 or 8, 9, 11 or 12, and 13,14, or 15. 

  1. Lesson 01 - A Big Waste Problem
  2. Lesson 02 - Generations of Waste
  3. Lesson 03 - Today's Waste
  4. Lesson 04 - Where Does the Trash Go?
  5. Lesson 05 - Island Survival
  6. Lesson 06 - Physical Properties of a Package
  7. Lesson 07 - A Juicy Investigation
  8. Lesson 08 - Coffee Conundrum
  9. Lesson 09 - What's Hazardous About
  10. Lesson 10 - Finding Safer Substitutes
  11. Lesson 11 - Retrace Your Waste
  12. Lesson 12 - Paper or Plastic
  13. Lesson 13 - Can We Really Reduce?
  14. Lesson 14 - The Great Paper Waste
  15. Lesson 15 - The Decision Makers
  16. Quiz

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