Lesson Plan: Edible Landfill
Science, level: Elementary
Materials Required: Lots---see below--this is pricey, but worth it.
Activity Time: Allow 1 hour and do it AFTER lunch
Concepts Taught: Following directions, cooperating, sharing
This activity works best with 2-3-4's. If you can take a field trip to your local landfill beforehand, and if you make an overhead showing the different levels in a LF, this activity will mean more to the kids than just a snack. Fits nicely into discussion on ecology, waste, packaging, etc. Get comfy, this is a long one.
WHAT YOU NEED:
WHAT YOU DO:
Everybody wash hands. Divide class into 2 groups. You will need 2 areas on the floor for this. Keep all of the wrappers, etc. from this stuff; you'll use them later.
While landfill is setting up, have discussion on how much trash you got from the activity (packaging, etc.), recycling, trash, etc. This recipe makes enough for 1 class. I have also made it in a 9x9" pan, instead of the pie shells, and that works well also, but you have to make a graham cracker crust first (don't have to bake it, though). There are enough things to do that almost every child in the class can have a job--taking wrapper off Oreos, putting 'tarp' down, etc.
DOUBLE-CHECK ABOUT ANY ALLERGIES. Enjoy!