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I have a homework assignment for my TT course. Watch "inconvenient Turth " and write up 3 practical life lesson. I thought recycling bins, turning light off,....can you help with better or more ideas?
 

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I don't have much help to offer, I am a little tired this morning, but I am wondering if you could do something along the lines of their footprints too, so that they can see how much garbage a class can create? Maybe they can each draw around their footprint which in turn can be laid out on the floor to give them a visual idea? then lead on from there into recycling, turning lights off, closing doors to keep in the heat, using re-useable lunch containers rather than plastic wrap or aluminum, re-useable drink containers too??<br><br>
Sorry, not much help!
 

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thanks for the ideas!! Im not sure what you mean by "footprints so they can see how much garbage a class can make" ?? I already did the lights right up so that one worked. Again, thanks!
 

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Well, I think it might be an easier concept to grasp for a child as to "why" they are doing this, if they maybe all drew around and colored in their footprint and you lay them out on the carpet. Let each child know that their footprint is x amount of garbage etc......not a great idea I know<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> but if I had more time to think about it, I know what I am kind of getting at! Maybe you could look at some of the carbon/garbage/energy/recycling type websites for ideas.<br><br>
I know that when I used to talk to friends about why we used cloth diapers, they didn't get it, but when I explained that one of my children in their diaper lifetime would fill half a football pitch..........they got it!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Just a thought as it goes through the "cosmic" understanding of the world and their association and responsiblity in it.<br><br>
Sorry, rambling this afternoon!<br><br>
Another thought is to make something from a recycled piece of clothing or plastic or something. Sewing patches onto jeans or dyeing t-shirts etc? Making a bag from an old cushion cover? I know they are only small, but they could manage a simple stitch I expect.
 

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ITA about getting the concepts across.<br><br>
Preparing a local/organic plant-based meal is another idea (the UN reports that animal agriculture emits more greenhouse gases than all transport combined). Eating lower on the food chain is on the list of things people can do that is referred to at the end of the movie.
 

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OK, I'm not a Montessori teacher OR parent, but I am a teacher who likes this topic! You could do a "Garbage Gissection."<br><br>
At the end of the day, for a week, go through your classroom's garbage (rubber gloves and a strong stomach recommended... or take it outside if weather permits). There are lots of activities that can be done along with this... sorting into categories ("true garbage," "recyclable," "reusable), coming up with creative ideas for reusing stuff, come up with ideas for not creating as much "true garbage," lots of other stuff that I'm sure is way more creative than what I've come up with. You could also go through a bag of home garbage (finding one from a non-green home would be way more fun and easier to come up with greening ideas for, but take what you can get), but that could be WAY messier, stinkier, and more personal, so... *shrugs*<br><br>
Implement any ideas you come up with in the classroom... also helps with student ownership of classroom space/procedure. Include writing, weighing, percentages (what percentage by weight is reusable, etc?), etc... whammo, cross-curricular integration. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I don't know if this is too late for your assignment or not but this is similar to the other recycleable sorting ideas. I got this idea from my sister - an environmental educator. We did a "No Waste Lunch" where we first educated the parents about using reusable lunch containers. Then we started weighing the garbage after lunch each day. We would send home the totals with a challenge to have less waste the next day. The weights dramatically decreased and we have virtually "no waste" from lunch since.<br>
Making paper is another lesson that shows children a simple way that they can recycle (paper is one of the largest components of landfills). We always encourage the children to use both sides of the paper when coloring, etc.<br>
I think recycling bins and how to turn lights off are good ideas.<br>
We have a compost bin set up and will do a worm bin this spring. We also do planting, weeding and harvesting. These are all practical life lessons.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know if this is too late for your assignment or not but this is similar to the other recycleable sorting ideas. I got this idea from my sister - an environmental educator. We did a "No Waste Lunch" where we first educated the parents about using reusable lunch containers. Then we started weighing the garbage after lunch each day. We would send home the totals with a challenge to have less waste the next day. The weights dramatically decreased and we have virtually "no waste" from lunch since.<br>
Making paper is another lesson that shows children a simple way that they can recycle (paper is one of the largest components of landfills). We always encourage the children to use both sides of the paper when coloring, etc.<br>
I think recycling bins and how to turn lights off are good ideas.<br>
We have a compost bin set up and will do a worm bin this spring. We also do planting, weeding and harvesting. These are all practical life lessons.</div>
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My son's school does "Trash Free Lunch" also. I'm not sure exactly how it works, since he's only there 1/2 days this year, but I know they keep some sort of chart to keep track of how many days they manage to meet the goal. I love the idea and am already looking into reusable containers for next year, when he starts doing some full days.
 
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