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Wastebusters Educational Resources for Teachers

 

Understanding Green Cleaning Use in Schools: 

 

 Green Cleaning Educational Resources

 

A collection of graphic organizers has been developed by CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to assist educators in implementing the WasteBusters Green Cleaning in Schools Video into classroom curriculum. 

  • The activities focus on Common Core applications through English Language Arts standards and NGSS STEM.  They are designed to be used with upper elementary and middle school students, to focus on understanding the requirements of the CT Green Cleaning in Schools law, application of the text to school based action and visualizing issues through cause and effect.  
     
  • They include data sheets for students to design and conduct school and home audits that engage the student in identifying ways to improve health and environmental safety.

 We hope these help make the use of the videos applicable to classroom needs and provide connections to real world actions.  The materials are available free of charge for downloading and use.

 

 

Educational resources:

  

ELA Connecticut Common Core Standards

 

 Strand: Speaking and Listening Standards (SL)

 

 - CCR Anchor Standard for Speaking and Listening 2

 SL5.2   Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL.4.2  Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL.3.2  Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


- CCR Anchor Standard for Speaking and Listening 3    

SL.5.3  Summarize the points a speaker or media source makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence. 

       SL.4.3  Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker or media source provides to support particular points.

  

NGSS Connections to Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology

 

- 3-5-ETS1 Engineering Design

  Students who demonstrate understanding can:

3-5-ETS1-1.

Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

3-5-ETS1-2.

Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

3-5-ETS1-3.

Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

 Cross Cutting Concept:  Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World

  • Over time, people’s needs and wants change, as do their demands for new and improved technologies. 
  • Engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones to increase their benefits, to decrease known risks, and to meet societal demands.

 

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