We don’t Throw, We Transform

Resources are used unconsciously due to industrialization and urbanization. Therefore, domestic waste is increasing. The increasing waste problem affects the individual, family and society negatively.
With the eTwinning projects I carried out at my school, we aimed to raise awareness about making our world more livable by controlling waste. We reused various wastes (glass, plastic, paper, food, etc.) generated in our house. We enabled students to gain awareness of recycling and to transfer this awareness to their environment.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To increase the awareness of students about recycling.
  2. Understanding that not every waste is garbage.
  3. To ensure that they are individuals who love and care about nature.
  4. It enables them to find solutions to the problems they encounter in daily life.
  5. Learns to use available resources without wasting.
  6. Gains environmental awareness at a young age.

START

As it is an eTwinning project activity, we have worked by integrating it into all lessons.

First of all, they listed the waste generated in their homes for 1 week. mostly:
*Paper, cardboard
*Glass bottle
*Plastic containers and boxes
*Food scraps
was seen to be.

At the weekend, our students noticed that there is a lot of waste in our homes. What can we do with these wastes? Brainstormed with the question.

PROCESS

FIRST ACTIVITY: PLASTIC


First of all, we decided to evaluate plastic products that have a big place in our lives. Environmental hazards and production costs of plastic products were discussed. We made vases, musical instruments, toys and bird feeders. We have not forgotten our friends in nature with the idea of making bird feeders that will meet the nutritional and shelter needs of birds in cold weather.

Activities

COMPOST PREPARATION


Compost is obtained by digesting all kinds of organic waste. It is a natural fertilization method.
The purpose of our activity: To ensure the sustainability of organic wastes.

We collected food residues at home for 1 week. (Vegetable-fruit shells, tea pulp, hazelnut-walnut shells,egg shells) We brought together the waste materials and the soil in a large container. We put the worms we found and kept them for a while. As a result, our organic soil was formed.

We put the compost in the pots we designed and planted our flowers.

Students preparing compost and planting flowers

RESULT

  • Thanks to the activities, students’ imaginations developed.
  • It is known that wastes are not garbage.
  • It has been understood that our world will be a more livable place by utilizing the wastes.
  • They realized how important recycling is for all living things in the world.
  • Thanks to STEM-based activities, they developed skills such as asking questions, wondering, observing, finding solutions to problems they encountered, and designing.

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