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Take an Environmentally Informative Field Trip to a Local Landfill

By Beth Newingham on April 12, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

If your students think that trash just disappears, then it's time for a trip to a landfill. While students are plugging their noses, teachers can point out all the items in the landfill that don't have to be there -- cardboard, newspapers, old food, perfectly good-looking furniture, old computers, etc. Explain how everything gets crushed down and squished together, so that even things that would normally decompose, like food, have a hard time decomposing.

If you are like me and are not ready to take an actual field trip to a landfill, you can find many videos about how landfills work by doing a Google search. For instance, I found one for kids at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site.

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