Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
For the Earth Day presentation we wanted to distinguish the difference between trash that goes in landfills, recycling, and composting. Our "hook" was to ask the students if they knew where their trash went, most of them didn't. We then asked if any of them cared where their trash went; surprisingly almost everyone did so this was our opportunity to explain. We then shared key words like composting, biodegradable, landfill, reuse, and recycle. Once students knew the terms thoroughly, we moved on to the activity. There were three label baskets set up: one for recyclables, one for items that would go into composting, and one for items that would go to a landfill. Each student was given a piece of trash and they had to "shoot a basket" into the right area. This was the game of trashketball. Then as a wrap up, we asked students to redefine the terms that we had taught them and we suggested they also have three trash cans in their home; a recycling one, one for composting, and one for landfills. We urged them to try to keep the landfill one almost empty at all times.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
For the most part, our presentation was completely successful. My only suggestion would be to perhaps make the game of trashketball a little longer. For example, each student could get three pieces of trash to "shoot" into the baskets. This way they would have a more thorough understanding of which trash goes where. If they understood it more thoroughly from it, there is a much greater chance that they’d apply this to their everyday life. Since that is the goal of the Earth Day presentation, that would be a good thing to focus on.