Earth Day Wrap Up

Earth Day Wrap-Up 2010_Sarah In
Project Name : Earth Day Wrap-Up 2010_Sarah In
Description : Constructive evaluation of Earth Day participation.
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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 entire presentation revolved around the concept of recycling. Our hook for our presentation was asking the kids questions regarding their current knowledge on recycling. By asking questions before starting the lesson of the presentation, the kids are put into a zone of concentration and focus on the topic of recycling even before we start to tell them facts; this helps the kids "soak" in the facts being told to them more efficiently. After the hook, we proceeded on with the project by teaching the children about the impacts of not recycling and details about landfills, pollution, and other hazardous aspects of not recycling. We then continued on by starting the activity. The activity was a relay race involving the sorting of trash/recyclables. We first started by splitting the group of kids into 2 ev en groups. We then explained how the kids were going to have to beat their opposing team in sorting trash by finishing the fastest within the given amount of time (30 seconds). We had three categories of trash: plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper products. After the activity, we handed out little prizes of candy to all the kids in order to make it fair. After the game, we explained how fun and simple recycling can be, and we emphasized recycling at home. We concluded our presentation by going over the key terms we had shared with them earlier on into the presentation. We also asked them a few content/fact-related questions. We also handed out small index cards that had a list of the possible recyclable materials as well as a message reminding the kids to stay "green" and recycle actively.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
One possible area of improvement is making the trashbins, that the kids sort through during the activity, more difficult and evenly filled up. Because the activity was so simple and sometimes unevely distributed the kids would complain about unfairness, causing for chaos to occur during the presentation. Another possible area for improvement is to present more "fun facts" to the children. By incorporating important details into interesting facts, kids are more likely to understand and remember the content taught.