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 EARTH day, my group presented the problem of throwing away trash rather than recycling items. In order to hook the children into our project we got them engaged by asking them questions about what they did with their trash. We asked them how many of them already recycled, and we found out that most of them already had a grasp of the concept. We began to talk about how throwing away trash without recycling is bad for the environment by explaining that this action contributes to creations of landfills, pollution, and destruction of the environment. We then said a fun fact that showed how much trash is in the ocean currently, due to human habits of trash disposal. After this, we talked about why recycling is better for the environment, by stating that it takes away trash from landfills and diverts it into a system of reuse and sustainability, emphasizing how recycling consumes less resources to make the same amount of goods. We followed this with an activity that gave the children some practice with sorting out trash. We split the group up into two equal teams and each team had one main bin filled with newspaper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. They were placed into a race to see who could sort and recycle the items quicker. Both teams got a prize for participating and making an effort to sort through the trash. After the activity, we began to wrap up the presentation by asking them review questions such as "Why is recycling better than just simply throwing away your trash?" Then we handed out notecards about recycling that we told the children to place on the refrigerator so that it could remind the whole family to recycle their trash. We wrapped up the entire presentation by asking them a final question of "What is sustainable living?"
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
If this presentation were to be done in the future, I would suggest that the hook be more engaging, by using a technique such as an interesting fact followed by a visual. I would also suggest that the group decorate the area so that it would attract the children from the start.