Relating to their Central Idea (“The choices that people make as they buy and consume things can lead to the creation of waste”), 3M students have been doing the following work over the past couple of weeks:
- Deconstructing Central Idea: Paragraph Writing. “What is ‘Waste’?” Make a Telling Brain Frame & list ideas. Write an introductory sentence plus at least 4 more sentences/examples.
- Materials: Look at a list of materials (wood, metal, plastic, rubber, glass, fabric) and find examples of where these have been used, in the classroom, in the building and around the school (e.g. playground). Record on data collector sheet.
- Decomposition: When is it good for something to break down? Students constructed a decomposition column, filled it with dirt and buried some classroom materials in it (e.g. one plastic, one metal, one paper, one fruit/vegetable, one Styrofoam, one leaf). Which items do you think will decompose or disappear? Record your predictions on data collector sheet and explain your reasoning (e.g. ‘I think the ___ will decompose because _______.’)
- Independent Inquiry: After our field trip to the Tsurumi Gomi and Recycle Center, students came up with their own question to research and find answers to (e.g. ‘Where does my family’s garbage go and why?’ or ‘What happens to my plastic and why?’), remembering to put their explanations in order and adding transition words between their sentences.