Grades3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Brief DescriptionStudents identify sources of home hazardous waste and create posters to educate the community about how to handle hazardous wastes.
Keywordswaste, hazard, trash, recycle, chemicals, poster, safety
Lesson PlanExplain to students that some kinds of waste are more dangerous to the environment than others. Ask them to identify the types of waste that they know to be "hazardous" waste. Make a list of students' ideas. Ask which types of hazardous waste might be found in the home. Highlight those home-based sources of hazardous waste.
If students have Internet access, let them explore the pages of the Hazardous Waste Web site to learn what makes waste hazardous. Then ask them to take the quiz to see how much they know. If students do not have access to the Web, share the material at the site, then invite students to add to the class list the sources of hazardous waste in the home that they learned about. They should end up with a lengthy list that includes paint, motor oil, bug sprays, prescription drugs, household cleaners, drain openers, lightbulbs, batteries, and air fresheners.
Have students work individually or in small groups to create a three-column chart with the following headings:
Finally, Ask students to choose one form of hazardous waste and create a poster that will inform the community about that hazard and how to dispose of it. Build community awareness about hazardous waste by arranging to have students' posters displayed in the community -- in places such as supermarkets, drug stores, restaurants, the library, and the town hall.
Prepare a list of five sources of hazardous waste that are found in the home. Students should identify for each source (1) why that waste is considered hazardous and (2) how the waste should be properly disposed of. Students will earn one point for each "why" and "how" they correctly identify. Eight out of 10 points will constitute a passing grade.
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Health
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NPH-H.K-4.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.K-4.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.K-4.7 Health Advocacy
NPH-H.5-8.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.5-8.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.5-8.7 Health Advocacy
NPH-H.9-12.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.9-12.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.9-12.7 Health Advocacy
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.K-4.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.9-12.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.9-12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
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NSS-C.K-4.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-C.5-8.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-C.9-12.5 Roles of the Citizen
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