Sustainability through Recycling Changing Societal Behaviors
Are we making a difference?


This is one module which is part of the "Sustainability Unit":

Students will explore the topic of recycling beginning with its history, current efforts, what the future may hold, and thier suggestions on how to improve their community’s recycling behaviors.  In the culminating project, students will create a multi-media project highlighting their findings, opinions, and suggestions. 


Grades 7-12; Subject Area: Science, Language Arts, Arts, Technology, Math, Social Studies



Students must be familiar with navigating through the Internet, utilizing Web 2.0  media tools, familiar with audio and video production tools such as Movie Maker and Audacity. 


Subject to implementaion due to field study, can be between 2 - 4 weeksStudents are expected to work after school hours.


  • Students will develop a positive attitude against littering.
  • Students will develop solutions to help reduce littering.
  • Students will become familiar with popular attitudes toward recycling and the practice of recycling in the community.

Objectives: (Students will work in groups of three to four)

  1. Students will produce an artifact(s) utilizing technology to demonstrate their findings and suggestions for making recycling more prominent in our society.
  2. Students will produce a survey to collect data and present in their culminating artifact.
  3. Students will develop and conduct interviews to collect first-person opinions and integrate them into their culminating artifact.
  4. Students will utilize technology to gather images and/or video around this theme to enhance their culminating artifact.
  5. Students will present their culminating artifact to the class which will be recorded and uploaded to the server.
  6. Students will evaluate each other within the group as well as other groups for their overall presentation.

NETS - Students:

  1. Creativity and Innovation - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    1. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
    2. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  2. Communication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
    1. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
    2. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
    3. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
    4. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
  3. Research and Information Fluency - Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
    1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
    2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
    3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
    4. Process data and report results
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
    1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
    2. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
  5.  Digital Citizenship - Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
    1.  Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
    1. Understand and use technology systems
    2. Select and use applications effectively and productively
    3. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Sample Common Core Standards addressed

(applicable to grades 9-12)



6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaboratewith others


Speaking and Listening

5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays to express information and enhance understanding of presentations