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ELA & Environmental Justice Lesson | Impacts of Landfills

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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In this lesson, students explore various impacts of landfills, learn about the environmental justice movement, and apply their learning to community action.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about the decomposition rates of items commonly found in landfills and begin to discern issues landfills may cause.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore their local landfills, watch a video on the beginning of the environmental justice movement, and learn about environmental racism.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about the federal environmental justice office and create a community awareness plan about landfills.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Explain environmental racism and its connection to the environmental justice movement.
  • Identify specific environmental and social issues associated with landfills.
  • Explain the effects of landfills on surrounding communities.
  • Synthesize information from several sources to support an opinion.
  • Use evidence, persuasive language, and infographics to create community awareness or inspire action.

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ELA & Environmental Justice Lesson _ Impacts of Landfills .pdf

Lesson Plan
September 6, 2023
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