Plastic-Free Is Not Easy

Paper or plastic? Scholars discuss a worksheet containing grocery photos in which consumers were challenged to buy items without plastic wrapping or containers. Learners rank the food items by the need for packaging, such as a banana, which requires no packaging. Pupils then work together to think of alternative ways to contain foods without using plastic.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate with science standards regarding recycling and environmental issues
  • Discuss the packaging and options for other non-food items
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projecting or printing included photographs
Pros
  • Includes project ideas to extend learning
  • Relates concept to real life using photos and familiar products
Cons
  • None