From Household Waste To Sustainable Living

The products and materials we do not need, which are described as garbage that have fallen out of use in our homes, are called household waste. Products such as cardboard, books and pharmaceutical waste are classified as domestic waste. These wastes, which are less harmful to the environment than industrial and electronic wastes, may cause environmental pollution. Domestic wastes, which also cause visual pollution, are sent for recycling.

The increasing rate of urbanization has caused the increase in the amount of domestic wastes generated in the cities and change their composition, thus creating a problem that is difficult to control, and on the other hand, it has turned into a great economic value.

The production of non-recyclable packaging paper is one of the largest manufacturing processes in which fossil fuels are consumed globally. Cutting large amounts of trees for production (17 trees per 1 ton of paper) causes an increase in carbon emissions. In addition, paper packaging wastes have a significant place in the composition of garbage and constitute an important part of the volume problem in waste landfills. Therefore, it is important to prevent and reduce the generation of paper packaging waste.

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Life Away

In this lesson plan, it is aimed to provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective, 21st century skills, creating solutions to daily problems by using STEM fields (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with an interdisciplinary perspective, and gain analytical and design-oriented thinking skills. The plan has been prepared according to the 5E model. Research, solution generation and critical thinking processes were added to the plan.

Andy Weir’s novel “MARSLI” has been read. Based on the novel; In order to solve the problem that will arise with the depletion of resources in the world, the scenario of “building a living space on a planet with new resources” is given.

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