Going Green: Project At a Glance

Collaboration for Cross Curricular Content


Guiding Question:

what can we do about waste at PDS to help reduce the problems it poses to our world?


Students will explore the global issues of waste around the world as well as the environmental impacts it has on the air, land, and water. They will research ways to reduce or eliminate cafeteria waste at PDS as they learn about the amount of trash that leaves the facility and where it goes.  They will research about recycling as they determine percentages of food waste and non-biodegradable vs. biodegradable products at PDS.  Through the research process, the students will make a connection to food waste and compost. As a result, they  will design new recycling bins for the cafeteria and composting bins for a designated spot on campus.


Products and Deliverables:

  • KWL of facts and open-ended questions from United Streaming and Discovery videos to further inquiry of topic
  • Research links for self-discovery.
  • A digital collaborative guide for collecting and reflecting on research through the process of answering the guiding question: states the problem to be solved, hypothesis of cause of the problem, more open-ended questions that are formed to further the research process,  a possible solution, followed by a step-by-step action plan of the outcome and a list of pros and cons for making a final decision.
  • Analysis of food waste data and statistics biodegradable vs. nonbiodegradable products organized in digital charts and graphs accordingly.
  • Blueprints of student-designed recycling bins and composting bins
  • Technology presentation of choice (Google, Prezi, Glogster) of all research gathered: proposal for school support and involvement while implementing action plan.
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA): purpose is to educate the school about recycling food waste that will be composted.
  • Create recycling bins for recycling cafeteria waste
  • Create composting bins for compost that will be used for possible gardens and shrub beds on campus.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand how to write open-ended questions to enhance and further research
  • Understand the importance of reflection and the process of problem solving
  • Understand composting
  • Understand vermicomposting
  • Understand recycling
  • Understand where trash, recyclables and hazardous materials go when thrown away in Memphis
  • Be able to educate and audience through visuals and presentations
  • Be able to build a vermicomposting bin using a design plan
  • Learn how to operate various tools such as hand saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tape
  • Participate in peer critiques and use feedback to improve and edit drafts

Content Topics:

  • Global issues of waste
  • Research valid sites
  • Recycling
  • Composting

Required Materials:

  • Internet access
  • Going Green Haiku Class
  • Problem-solving guide
  • Blueprints and supplies to build recycling and composting bins: tupperware bins, drill, hammer, nails, screws, hand saw, wood, wood glue, wheels, worms, newspaper and food scraps

Project Extensions and Real World Connections:

  • Applied Learning and Active Exploration
  • Students will be educating the school as well as implementing a composting recycling system.

Outside World Connection:

  • We will work to educate other schools


  • Students will take a formative assessment to survey class knowledge, previous experience and interest.
  • Presentations will be assessed on an individual basis with a rubric.
  • Formative assessment from the teacher on the problem-solving process.