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.