Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement

Global Garbage
Unit of 5 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: What can I do to help alleviate the problem of land pollution? 

Unit Purpose:

The learners are introduced to vocabulary and concepts related to trash removal, as well as given an opportunity to collect and analyze statistics regarding the production and removal of trash. They learn about various careers available in the environmental field.

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • locate and identify pertinent information from environmental articles.
  • locate various types of environmental problems associated with careless human acts.
  • identify types of human environments associated with hazardous
  • environmental conditions.
  • organize information in the form of an oral and visual presentation.
  • define the terms related to trash and trash removal.
  • illustrate the events of a “trash” timeline.
  • discuss and come to consensus as a team.
  • recognize positive aspects of peers’ work.
  • explain the different methods being used to eliminate trash.
  • answer questions regarding facts on the production and removal of trash products through interpretation of graphical and written statistics.
  • create a graphic display of statistical information.
  • draft a letter, in the form of an extended response, to a governmental official regarding the information gathered.
  • list the different roles or communities with which they are identified.
  • identify careers in the environmental field.
  • write ‘want-ads’ for jobs in the environmental field.
  • complete a job application.
  • generate a list of problems associated with trash generated in schools.
  • create a list prioritizing the problems associated with school trash.
  • choose at least one problem associated with school trash and devise a plan for resolving the problem.
  • create a strategy for involving the entire school in the plan.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

The learners will be involved in a school-wide trash reduction and/or clean up service project.

Unit Assessment:

Group Discussion
Group Work
Research/Data Collection
Service Plan

Notes for Teaching:



State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

Lessons Developed By:

Cheryl Larkin
Pontiac School District
Madison Middle School
1275 N. Perry St.
Pontiac, MI 48340

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