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Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash with Science Activities for Kids

By Donna Latham  
Illustrated by Tom Casteel

That potato chip bag you tossed in your trash can this afternoon—where does it go when it leaves your house?

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Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619307445
Paperback, $17.95
9781619307476
eBook, $12.99
9781619307452
Includes: Table of Contents | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Environmental Science
Leveling: Ages 9-12 |Grade Level 4-6 |

Reviews

Praise for Donna Latham for Garbage

2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award in the category of Nature and Ecology

The Society of Midland Authors: Best Children's Non Fiction

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. Of course, it is printed on recycled paper by a company committed to ‘green' initiatives.”

 

Detailed Book Description

That potato chip bag you tossed in your trash can this afternoon—where does it go when it leaves your house?

Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash with Science Activities for Kids invites middle graders to investigate the world of trash! The average American produces more than four pounds of trash every day—multiply that by 300 million people and you’ve got a lot of garbage! Where does it go? How does it break down? What are the challenges of dealing with so much waste? What can we do decrease the amount of stuff we are throwing away? Garbage explores questions like these while encouraging kids to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place.

In this book, kids discover the science of garbology, the fascinating world of midden excavation, and learn about different rubbish warriors who are determined to save the planet from being overrun with trash. Readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink their actions by diving into critical-thinking activities designed to get kids looking at trash as a situation in need of a solution. While we all appreciate our garbage to be out of sight and out of mind, it’s crucial to recognize the impact that human behavior has on the planet.

Garbage includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to figure out ways to be part of the rubbish revolution. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the path of trash!

Garbage is part of a set of four Build It Life Science books that explore the history and science of the planet and all that live on it through hands-on STEM activities and real-life environmental connections. Other titles in this series are Biodiversity, Planet Earth, and Biomes.

Try these hands-on biology projects!

  • Investigate a mini midden
  • String a junk mail bead necklace
  • Snag air pollution on a stick-it can

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
A Throwaway world

Chapter 1
How Much Garbage Do You produce?

Chapter 2
Heaps of History

Chapter 3
Where does trash go?

Chapter 4
Hazardous Waste

Chapter 5
Reduce

Chapter 6
Reuse

Chapter 7
Recycle

Chapter 8
Rethink

Glossary
Resources
Index