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.
Our EARTH Day presentation was created to tell students about the importance of separating trash into different categories. We started our presentation by asking the children their favorite thing about the earth. They gave answers like the beach and lakes. We told them that in order to conserve these treasures we had to start being more responsible with our trash. We gave them facts like the trash Americans consume is equal to the weight of 240 elephants. We then went over some vocab. Words like reuse, recycle, composting and biodegradable. After they had grasped the concept of the terms, we put them in a line and handed out various pieces of trash to the students. We then explained the game of "Trasketball". The students stood behind a line about 4 feet away from various labeled baskets. They then threw their trash into the corresponding baskets. For example, if they had a leaf, they would throw it in to the composting basket. If they had a can, they would throw it to the recycling basket. We wrapped up by asking them questions about what they had learned. They could win up to 3 "recycled goodies" by answering the questions right.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
Although our presentation went very well, there are a few things that could be improved upon. The game of "Trasketball" went very quick, and I would encourage future groups to drag out the process in order for the students to grasp the idea better. Also, we brought glass products to play trasketball with. I advise against this because children throwing glass is very dangerous.