Humans can alter their surroundings.
Some people change their world to enjoy their surroundings while others
do not have the technology to change it. The United States is one of the
most technologically equipped societies. With success, one usually
produces too much garbage. Our country throws out more garbage in just
one day than any other nation on Earth. Americans have built an
environment, but must learn to keep it clean.
- Garbage is a problem in urban areas and people
need to develop ways to control their garbage. After coloring this
picture, discuss ways we can dispose of garbage correctly. Ask
students the consequences of improper garbage disposal. Is all garbage
the same? What happens when a toxic chemical is mixed with garbage?
This is dangerous because people can unknowingly get hurt. What kind
of garbage can cause diseases and what kind will merely be unsightly
and create a smelly mess?
- Ask students to describe areas they think
might be damaging the environment. Also ask how they would correct the
situation. Emphasize that garbage is a problem for all citizens in a
society and that we must take care of our environment.
- While the students are coloring their
worksheet you may want to read them The Paper Bag Prince, which
explores how garbage can make an area not attractive. You can use the
beautiful illustration to help students color their own worksheet.