Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out with 25 Projects

Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out with 25 Projects

Kids become “rubbish warriors” in Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out. Encouraged to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place, readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle—and rethink their actions. Along the way, kids explore the science of garbology, discover fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use projects to investigate the world of trash. Activities include whipping up a delicious edible landfill, brewing natural dyes for a T-shirt, and comparing the effects of commercial and homemade cleaners.

Kids will learn that the battle against the world’s overwhelming waste problem begins with them.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $15.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL Q

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Beth Hetland 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781936313464
  • Hardcover, 9781936313471

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Kids become “rubbish warriors” in Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out. Encouraged to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place, readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle—and rethink their actions. Along the way, kids explore the science of garbology, discover fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use projects to investigate the world of trash. Activities include whipping up a delicious edible landfill, brewing natural dyes for a T-shirt, and comparing the effects of commercial and homemade cleaners.

Kids will learn that the battle against the world’s overwhelming waste problem begins with them.


Reviews

Green Teacher Magazine
“In the introduction to Garbage, author Donna Latham asks her 9 to 12 year old readers to re-think their consumer choices and habits, keeping in mind  that someday we may ‘run out of out and away’ places to put trash. . . She includes interesting trash facts, definitions of relevant terms, riddles and knock-knock jokes, plus 25 activity ideas. The activities range from trash audits and cleaning up an oil spill to vermicomposting and evaluating homemade vs. commercial cleaners. The end goal is to become a ‘rubbish warrior’ and to keep as much trash out of landfills as possible.”

Children’s Literature Review
“One of thirty-one in the ‘Build It Yourself’ series, this edition focuses on informing elementary students of the impact that garbage is making on our world and provides directions on twenty-five short projects students can use to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink” trash . . . An interesting layout with simple black and white illustrations, boxed ‘Trash Flashes,’ ‘Words to Know,’ and ‘Did You Know’ features to keep youngsters interested . . . format is perfect for classrooms to take on this subject as a group. The hands-on approach to a largely ignored subject is appealing, as well. A glossary, index and source for further study are included. Of course, it is printed on recycled paper by a company committed to ‘green’ initiatives.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They’ll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book. . .”

Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
“For years we have known that educating kids can educate their parents. That has never been more so than with the environment. The early days of the recycling movement were, in great part, spurred by children questioning their parents’ shopping habits. Earth Day has always involved young people of all ages in projects that can better their communities. Unfortunately, we seem to have lost a great deal of that sense of urgency that led to these initiatives. That’s where Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out comes in. Fun and informative with a host of interesting projects, Garbage educates without talking down to the reader. The illustrations are eye-catching and the information provided will appeal to a wide range of ages. The sense of urgency in addressing the issue of garbage, combined with suggestions as to how each one of us can make a difference, is compelling. This is a tool that can be used both at home and in schools and deserves to be on the bookshelves of everyone with kids.”

Matthew M. McKenna, President & CEO, Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out, is a great choice for young readers. This deeply engaging, informative book touches on the history of garbage, where our garbage goes today, and the recycling process. With fun facts and hands-on activities, young readers are able to discover firsthand how our actions affect the world around us. What you do with your garbage is about choices, and changing individual behavior is the first step. The book will teach children at a young age that they can make a difference now and for the rest of their lives.”

Todd Parr, author of The Earth Book, winner of the 2011 Green Earth Book Award
“This book is filled with interesting facts and suggestions of how to better take care of the earth.”

Mary McKenna Siddals author of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
“As entertaining as it is informative, this compendium of trash is an absolute treasure. Dig in . . . and enjoy!”


Look Inside

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Projects

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To Dye For!

Has your old T-shirt seen better days? No need to let it die. Dye it instead! Next time your family boils colorful veggies, don’t dump the water. Use it to brew natural dyes the way the colonists and pioneers did. Then use the dyes to jazz up your shirt and give it new life.

Note that this activity requires using a stove to boil water, so have an adult help you.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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Donna Latham

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.


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Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: Q
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Science, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Green Teacher Magazine
“In the introduction to Garbage, author Donna Latham asks her 9 to 12 year old readers to re-think their consumer choices and habits, keeping in mind  that someday we may ‘run out of out and away’ places to put trash. . . She includes interesting trash facts, definitions of relevant terms, riddles and knock-knock jokes, plus 25 activity ideas. The activities range from trash audits and cleaning up an oil spill to vermicomposting and evaluating homemade vs. commercial cleaners. The end goal is to become a ‘rubbish warrior’ and to keep as much trash out of landfills as possible.”

Children’s Literature Review
“One of thirty-one in the ‘Build It Yourself’ series, this edition focuses on informing elementary students of the impact that garbage is making on our world and provides directions on twenty-five short projects students can use to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink” trash . . . An interesting layout with simple black and white illustrations, boxed ‘Trash Flashes,’ ‘Words to Know,’ and ‘Did You Know’ features to keep youngsters interested . . . format is perfect for classrooms to take on this subject as a group. The hands-on approach to a largely ignored subject is appealing, as well. A glossary, index and source for further study are included. Of course, it is printed on recycled paper by a company committed to ‘green’ initiatives.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They’ll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book. . .”

Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
“For years we have known that educating kids can educate their parents. That has never been more so than with the environment. The early days of the recycling movement were, in great part, spurred by children questioning their parents’ shopping habits. Earth Day has always involved young people of all ages in projects that can better their communities. Unfortunately, we seem to have lost a great deal of that sense of urgency that led to these initiatives. That’s where Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out comes in. Fun and informative with a host of interesting projects, Garbage educates without talking down to the reader. The illustrations are eye-catching and the information provided will appeal to a wide range of ages. The sense of urgency in addressing the issue of garbage, combined with suggestions as to how each one of us can make a difference, is compelling. This is a tool that can be used both at home and in schools and deserves to be on the bookshelves of everyone with kids.”

Matthew M. McKenna, President & CEO, Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out, is a great choice for young readers. This deeply engaging, informative book touches on the history of garbage, where our garbage goes today, and the recycling process. With fun facts and hands-on activities, young readers are able to discover firsthand how our actions affect the world around us. What you do with your garbage is about choices, and changing individual behavior is the first step. The book will teach children at a young age that they can make a difference now and for the rest of their lives.”

Todd Parr, author of The Earth Book, winner of the 2011 Green Earth Book Award
“This book is filled with interesting facts and suggestions of how to better take care of the earth.”

Mary McKenna Siddals author of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
“As entertaining as it is informative, this compendium of trash is an absolute treasure. Dig in . . . and enjoy!”


Projects

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To Dye For!

Has your old T-shirt seen better days? No need to let it die. Dye it instead! Next time your family boils colorful veggies, don’t dump the water. Use it to brew natural dyes the way the colonists and pioneers did. Then use the dyes to jazz up your shirt and give it new life.

Note that this activity requires using a stove to boil water, so have an adult help you.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Donna Latham

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.

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Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.