This week the group read the Seattle Times op-ed "Waste not, recycle not" ("Preventing waste is a better solution than recycling it") and discussed the value in reducing waste.
Later in the week, the students examined the garbages in the school cafeteria. One group was tasked with looking through the compost, another sorted the landfill, and a final group looked at the recycle. We discovered that the students generally know what to recycle and do recycle the correct items. The landfill bag and compost bag had many incorrectly disposed of items. We know we need to educate! So, it was pretty obvious that what the third grade students are doing in this unit will really benefit the students and environment.
Below are several pictures from the kids' dirty but impactful job.
This week, the students continued to explore the 3RCs by reading a Scholastic News article and watching a video from the Cedar Grove composting company.
Some important topics the students explored this week included:
-food waste in the United States.
Be sure to ask your child about what we learned this week.
Next week, look for some returned assignments in your child's folder to see what we have been working on.
On Thursday, the students were assigned to interview a friend, family member, or neighbor about the 3RCs. Students will bring their notes to class on Monday to share during class. Please see the assignment sheet below for more information.
This week marks the beginning of the third session of ALO. The third grade students will explore what it means to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost (3RCs). Then, the class will research what is currently happening in the school cafeteria with regards to the 3RCs. The end goal is to create a presentation for primary students that informs them about how to follow the 3RCs in the school cafeteria.
We will investigate the following questions:
How are students disposing of their trash at school?
How can we improve the current trash situation in the school cafeteria?
Why is it important to recycle and compost appropriate trash?
The students' assignment this week is to keep a record of their trash during the school day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They are writing down what they throw in the garbage, compost, and recycle. We will share our findings in class on Thursday.