Filling Our Land with Landfills

Though it consists of only 5 percent of the world population, the US generates 40 percent of the world's waste. Scholars learn about landfills, their safety, and other options for handling solid waste. They use experiments and research to learn more. They finish the lesson by completing a practice presentation and using writing skills to communicate their findings with others.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Visit a landfill near your school
  • Map out the landfills in your area and discuss the site location choices
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson was designed for an AP level course, but you can adapt it to lower levels
  • Provides AP rubric for grading the writing prompts
  • Includes teacher tips throughout related to timing, presentation of material, and expectations
  • Uses a 5E format
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