Which sustainability component will your lesson focus on?
Our lesson focused on the importance of reducing food and trash waste.
What related problem/issue will you present?
We will also be dealing with the problems of landfills.
What supporting facts characterize the problem?
210 million tons of trash comes from the United States a year. Only 9% of this trash is composted, recycled, or reused. We defined words for the children, to help better their understanding. We defined: Composting, Biodegradable, Landfill, and Recycling.
What solution will you offer?
We will offer ways to help reduce food waste, through vermicomposting. These compost bins help break down paper, food, and other biodegradable items.
What action or actions do you want people to take as a result of your lesson?
We hope that by our presentation, people will be raised on awareness towards food/trash waste. Hopefully, students will be encouraged to make compost bins of their own, or at least be encouraged to start recycling.
Please attach any supporting audio, video, images, files, blogs, links, graphs or other related to the problem or your solution?
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.
We started off our presentation by asking for a volunteer to be blindfolded. This volunteer then reached his hand into the vermicompost bin and guessed what was inside. This got the students interested in the worm bins. We then proceeded to talk about where our trash goes, and how much trash we put out (210 million tons from the US a year). After that, we defined words such as compost, and biodegradable. Next, we began to build our bins together, one bin per group. We had already had the bins drilled, and put together. But, the children put in the dirt, newspaper, worms and shredded the newspaper. To decide who would win the bin, we asked a few questions, regarding the info we had gone over. Whoever answered the most correctly won.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
I would suggest bringing hand sanitizer, because using a bottle mixed with soap and water was less efficient. I would also suggest making more than one bin per group, because students were upset that they did not receive a bin. Or perhaps give out something besides a bin, because the kids might just go home and throw them away. Finally, I would suggest more colorful and attractive signs or posters for the vocab and other misc. info. This will better catch readers attention.