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Recycling and Climate Change Educator Guide from MIT's TILclimate Podcast

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Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education
Resource Type Handout, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

We often hear about the “Three Rs” of environmental solutions, but how does recycling help climate change? Students engage in a design challenge, research recycling in their own community, and investigate US municipal solid waste data.

SWBAT

  • Brainstorm and investigate solutions beyond ‘just recycle more’.
  • Explain the link between recycling and climate change.
  • Understand where recycling in their own community goes.

Skills

  • Design Process
  • Communication
  • Graph and data reading

Resources

Files

TILclimate Recycling Educator Guide FULL.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 23, 2023
314.86 KB

How to Use TILclimate Educator Guides.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 23, 2023
314.92 KB

Standards

Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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