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Adapted By:
Hilton Dionet

Mr. Dionet has been teaching for 17 years. He has taught science for 12 years to both lower and upper grade elementary students. The rest of the time, he was a classroom teacher.

P.S. 124
New York, NY



Modifications

All activities were conducted within the school building due to inclement weather conditions.

Instructional Objectives

To understand the importance of recycling and to promote awareness within the school community in order to recycle waste accordingly.

To set up and maintain a worm bin in order to experience how organic waste can be turned into compost or fertilizer.

To understand relationships between earthworms and organic waste management.

To model conservation through art.


Technology Integration

Technology played a key role in our curriculum unit of recycling and composting. Students were able to use the Internet to research our topic. They printed information and created and saved a file containing records of observations, data, and conclusions. Our technology became the most accessible resource within the classroom. Web sites used included:

Lower East Side Ecology Center
lesecologycenter.org

NYC Compost Project
NYCcompost.org

Department of Sanitation
NYC.gov/sanitation

Industrial and Technology Assistance Corp.
itac.org

Central Park Conservancy
centralparknyc.org

Info Resources Online on Community Gardens
OasisNYC.net

Assessment

Students were assessed in a variety of ways throughout the curriculum unit. Students promoted awareness on recylcing in our school by creating posters, flyers, and recycling bins. They also created a compost bin and constructed art projects.

Tips for Teachers

Spring, summer, or fall would be the best time to expand the unit by using outdoor resources such as school gardens to create a natural compost area. The compost could then be used for planting throughout the unit.


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