Subjects & Disciplines
- Social Studies
- Create a working definition for each of the R’s in the 3 R’s Framework and how each can be used in the community.
- Develop a data-driven proposed solution to reduce plastic waste in their school community.
- Create and present infographics to synthesize and represent their data.
- Evaluate other students’ infographics for clarity.
- Collect and analyze geospatial data about plastic waste in their school.
- Use practice interviews as feedback to improve interview questions.
- Discuss how to use interviews and geospatial data collection methods to support their policy proposal.
- Explain how research supports civic action.
- Create a working definition for each of the Rs in the 3 Rs Framework and how each can be used in the community.
- Analyze interview data about plastic waste in the community.
- Collect interview data from school community members.
- Practice collecting interview data with peers.
- Project-based learning
- Experiential learning
- Hands-on learning
- Information organization
- Multimedia instruction
- Simulations and games
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- Life and Career Skills
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, 1 computer per learner, 1 computer per pair, Monitor/screen, Projector, Speakers
- Outdoor natural environment
- Parking lot
- School playground
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
Students with mobility difficulties should be assigned areas of the school that are easily accessible and smaller rather than larger, more distant areas such as the playfield.
This will take more than one class period unless you have a longer block. The way in which students conduct the interviews will impact the length of the class period.
Recommended Prior Lessons
(singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.
area of land that has been prepared for agricultural use.
scientific studies done outside of a lab, classroom, or office.
having to do with geography and location.
computer hardware and software which allows users to evaluate geographic data.
visual representation of data. Also called information graphic or graphic.
the process of getting data by asking people questions.
chemical material that can be easily shaped when heated to a high temperature.
set of actions or rules.
to clean or process in order to make suitable for reuse.
to lower or lessen.
to give up, renounce, be unwilling to accept.
symbol of something.
scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.
person who studies and tries to discover facts about a specific problem, question, or field of learning.
to use again.
method of research in which a question is asked, data are gathered, a hypothesis is made, and the hypothesis is tested.
the sum of wastes by a single entity.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic: Five Recycling Myths Busted
- Ecology Center: Ask Our Help Desk: Are Bioplastics and Biodegradable Plastics Really Better?
- Medical Teacher: Twelve Tips for Conducting Qualitative Research Interviews
- NPR: With ‘Single Stream’ Recycling, Convenience Comes at a Cost
- The Atlantic: The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle