Green Team Gazette 3.5 January 2011


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Green Team Gazette
Season 3, Issue 5
Jan. 2011
environment, environmental education, eco, green, going green, classroom

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Green Team Gazette 3.5 January 2011

  1. 1. The Terracycle Curriculum Series Terracycle (our favorite upcycling company) has made an entire company (and a lot of money) from waste. Now, they’ve connected with The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education to create the Terracycle Curriculum series. From Terracycle’s website: “In nature, garbage doesn’t exist, but it does in the human system….[we focus] on how we can solve this problem.” Find lesson plan downloads by grade level at curricula. Curriculum additions are expected 3 times a year. The focus of the Spring 2010 lesson sets (on Nature Laws and Principles of the Materials Cycle) are as follows: Grade K-2: Where Do Apples Go? A Story About the Nature of Materials Grade 3-5: The Materials Cycle and Me Grade 6-8: Biomimicry--Nature as Model, Measures, and Mentor Grade 9-12: An exploration of Cradle to Cradle Design Thinking Create A Graph: Computer Graph Attack Data analysis and the ability to read graphs are in the NCTM math standards at every grade level. Invite your kids to do their own Computer Graph Attack by using page 2 of this month’s Green Team Gazette. The “Create a Graph” website ( makes it easy for youngsters to make a very professional-looking graph. It also serves as an excellent “direction following” activity!! Follow up the graphing activity by asking questions such as the ones below about the newly-created graph: What do you notice? What is the mean? The median? The mode? The range? What do you get when you add two countries’ waste? How much more waste did New Zealand create than Japan? How much weight would a particular country have over multiple years? How much less is the annual amount of a particular country than a ton (2,000 pounds)? How long would it take at that rate to reach 1, 5, 10 tons? The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 5, page 1 January 2011 Ringing in the New Year With Some Rocking eResources I’m always amazed by the wealth that is out there on the internet. In part, that’s how Green Team Gazette originated--to share all the great green goodies & finds that are out there. This month’s Green Team Gazette is dedicated to ringing in the new year with some out-of- sight sites!! PreCycle & PlanetPals We all know about “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” but perhaps the best New Year’s resolution is to commit to not an “R,” but a “P”--PRECYCLE. A quick review on prefixes gets us to “pre-“ meaning “before.” So before there’s a need to RECYCLE, perhaps we should investigate what we can do first to PREVENT RECYCLING. The PlanetPals website has a slew of simple precycle ideas such as staying clear of disposables or going with reusable items (batteries, cups, bags, etc.) versus items with an ultimate landfill-ladened lifespan. Use PlanetPal’s ideas as a springboard to your own brainstorming list. Make a definite plan to pursue precycling at The Green Team Gazette is a publication co-sponsored by the founders of CynerGreen CGKidz, and Eagle Cove School (formerly “Gibson Island Country School”), a Green School in Pasadena, Maryland. Our mission is to educate and share ways to “go green”—both big & small-- and be environ-mentally-proactive at home, in school, and beyond. It is written by Vicki Dabrowka, 3rd grade teacher & co-Green Team Leader at Eagle Cove School. To learn more visit,, and You can also follow us at or find us at “Green Team Gazette” on Facebook or on Twitter. Please print on recycled paper. Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka Image you will see when you get to
  2. 2. Computer Graph Attack: Graphing Waste Per Pound, Per Person, Per Country Directions: Use the chart below and the list of instructions below to make a computerized graph of the average amount of waste (measured in pounds), per person, per year, for each country. Spelling Counts! Pay attention and don’t forget to follow the directions carefully!! 1. Go to and type in “create a graph” in the search bar. Click the “nces” link (which is probably the first one) or go to 2. Choose “Bar” graph. 3. In the “Design” Tab: a. Pick “Vertical” as the direction. b. Pick any shape. c. For style, change nothing. 4. Click the “Data” Tab: a. Title your graph “Annual Household Waste Per Person, Per Country ” b. For the “X Axis,” type in “Countries” c. For the “Y Axis,” type in “Pounds of Waste” d. For “Source,” type in “by __________” (your name) e. For “Data Set,” select “18” items. Do not change the number of groups. f. For “Group Label,” type in “number of pounds of waste per person.” g. Under “Item Label,” write in the names of each of the countries from the list. h. Under “Value” write in the household waste in pounds per country using the chart. i. For “Min-Value” write in “0.” j. For “Max-Value” type in “2000.” k. Choose colors for bars. 5. Click on the “Labels” Tab: a. For “Show Label” type “yes.” b. Change only “Label color” to the color of your choice. Change nothing else in the top box. c. For “Font,” pick a font in the first column only (the other ones don’t always work well.) d. Pick a font color….do not change the font size. 6. Click the “Preview” tab. 7. Have your teacher view your graph before you print. 8. Click the “Print/Save” tab. a. Click “Print.” b. In the next window, click “print.” c. Find the “print” icon and click. d. Find where it asks you how many copies you want. Ask your teacher how many copies you should print, type in that number, then click “print.” e. Voila! Mission Completion!! 9. Study your graph. What do you notice? How much more waste does the US make per person than the least wasteful country on this graph? The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 5, page 2 January 2011 Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka Image you will see when you get to Image you will see when you get to the “Create A Graph” website. Country Amount of Waste per year in Pounds for Average Person Australia 1,521 Canada 1,102 France 1,301 Germany 1,204 Iceland 1,433 Ireland 1,235 Italy 1,014 Japan 882 Mexico 683 New Zealand 1,400 Norway 1,322 Poland 705 South Korea 882 Sweden 794 Switzerland 1,322 Turkey 728 United Kingdom 1,058 United States 1,587 Data from env_was_gen-environment-waste- generation for the year 2000, converted from kilograms to pounds. Included in this list are the top 5 ranking WASTEFUL countries in the world. Can you find them?