Landfills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a landfill and how does it relate to the trash we discard each day? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts to students. An activity connects students with the realities of landfills.

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline key fact about landfills
  • summarize common elements of sanitary landfills

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8

Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson.

Instructions

  • Begin by writing the following on the board: 'Where does our trash go?'.
  • Ask students to take turns answering the question during a class discussion.
  • Now play the video lesson Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues, pausing it at 2:24.
    • How many of us mentioned landfills in our response to the question on the board?
    • What might be some potential issues with landfills?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class now.
    • How many of us have seen a landfill?
    • For those who have, what can you share with others about it?
  • Pass out the worksheet and have students work independently to complete it.

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