Reign in Garbage! (EnviroScape Model)

Theme:Water Protection
Location:Eagle's Nest (Front Porch)
Map #:38
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Using this EnviroScape Waste management model, students simulate rain on an “active” landfill allowing them to follow the flow of rain through solid waste (sponges) and helps participants understand wast management practices of today.  It is emphasized that properly designed landfills are important to prevent harm to the ground, water , and air.

Through a “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” activity, participants are reminded that their decisions on what becomes “garbage” and enters our landfills are important.

Key Messages

  • Proper waste management practices and landfills are important in maintaining a healthy environment
  • Leachate is produced when rain flows through solid waste and can be detrimental to our ground and surface water
  • Introduce and/or remind of the importance of the three "R's": Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • We have a responsibility to be conscience of our waste

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 4 (Habitats and Communities)
    • analyze the positive and negative impacts of human interactions with natural habitats and communities, taking different perspectives into account, and evaluate ways of minimizing the negative impacts
    • identify factors that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat
    • demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life
    • demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of  interacting species sharing a common habitat
    • describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 5 (Human Organ Systems)
    • assess the effects of social and environmental factors on human health, and propose ways in which individuals can reduce the harmful effects of these factors and take advantage of those that are beenficial
    • evaluate the effects, both beneficial and harmful, of various technologies on human body systems, taking different perspectives into account
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 6 (Biodiversity)
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
    • identify and describe the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of plants and animals and use these characteristics to further classify various kinds of plants and animals
    • describe interrelationships within species, between species and between species and their environment, and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity
    • use scientific inquiry/research skills to compare the characteristics of organisms within the plant or animals kingdoms
    • demonstrate an understanding biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communities and the physical landscapes that support them
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communties
Social Studies
  • People and Environments, Grade 4 (Political and Physical Regions of Canada)
    • assess aspects of the environmental impact of different industries in two or more physical and/or political regions of Canada
    • describe some key actions taken by both industries and citizens to address the need for more sustainable use of land and resources


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