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Middle School Activities
The Litter at Our School
Content Area:
 Grade Levels:
Grades 6 and 7
Time to Complete:
One to two class periods
1. South Carolina Curriculum Standards Addressed
Grades 6 and 7
I. InquiryA. Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry
1.d.1. Make inferences based on observations.2.b. Pose questions and problems to be investigated.2.h. Analyze data to construct explanations and draw conclusions.Grade 7III. Earth ScienceA. Structure of the Earth System7.f. Evaluate the effects of human population on air, water, and land.7.g. Analyze the benefits of solid waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle).
2. Brief Description of Lesson/Activity
In this lesson, students focus on the amount of litter that exists at their own school and thenwork to find ways to reduce the littering that occurs there.
Focus Questions for Students
1. Are some areas of our school more littered than others?2. What kind of problems could our school have if we do not reduce the amount of litter here?3. What are some ways we can encourage students not to litter and to participate in a cleanup?4. What type of support do we need from the school administrators?
4. Culminating Assessment
After completing a survey of the school grounds and considering the results, students write aletter to the principal explaining the littering problem at their school and proposing solutions tothe problem.
5. Materials, Equipment, and/or Resources Needed
chart paper, markers
clipboards, paper, pencils
Teacher Preparation
Gather the necessary items.
Teacher Activity Student Activity Assessment
Write the focus questions on theboard and have selected studentsadd the questions to wall charts.Guide the students as they respond to the questions and havethe selected students write theresponses on the charts.The selected students write thefocus questions and the students’answers on the wall charts.Student participation in the writing the focus questionsLead the students into a discussionabout the litter problem at theirschool. Have them consider suchissues as how much litter there isat the school, where it is, and whatthe hazards are if it remains there.Students discuss their responses tothe issues raised by the focusquestions.Student participation in thediscussionHave students brainstorm forideas about how to evaluate andsolve the litter problem: “How canwe determine if our school has alitter problem?” "What can we doat the school level to make otherstudents aware of the problem andto get them involved in litterreduction?" Take notes on thestudents’ responses.Students brainstorm ideas onabout how they can evaluate andsolve the litter problem at theirschool.Student participation in thebrainstorming activity Divide the class into four teamsand explain that the students ineach team are to investigate theamount and type of litter thatexists in the area that is assignedto them: (1) the classrooms, (2)the hallways and restrooms, (3) thecafeteria, or (4) the outside areas.

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