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How does nature reuse materials?

Materials on Earth are used and reused by living things. Click on these web pages to see how water, soil, air, and other materials are recycled. Get some ideas for your own investigations.

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Title: Living Environment: Human Impact
Description: This site looks at three topics in terms of the effects of human activity: interrelationships, technological developments, and improvements. There are many graphics and questions at the end to check your understanding.
URL: http://regentsprep.org/Regents/biology/units/humanimpac ...

Title: Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
Description: People in the U.S. create more waste and use more resources than can be broken down by nature or replaced. Learn how waste is handled, how to reduce the amount of waste created and test your knowledge about hazardous waste.
URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html

Title: Garbage
Description: Find out how communities can deal with the kinds of garbage that we all generate. Take quiz on your knowledge of how to deal with common objects that may pose a hazard.
URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html

Title: Humans and their environment
Description: What effects do farming, fishing, and industry have on the environment? This site explores the effects, and there is a quiz at the end to check your knowledge.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa_p ...

Title: Worm Farm
Description: This five-minute video is narrated by a young student. He explains his interest in recycling and how he built his worm farm.
URL: http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/wormfarm.html

Title: Human Impacts
Description: This page has is examples of how the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources cooperates with partners to conserve and recover protected marine species by minimizing human impacts. An excellent resource for up-to-date information.
URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/impacts.htm

Title: If Trash Could Talk
Description: What does your trash say about you? Take a close look inside your trash can and think about the clues it offers about your life.
URL: https://www.amnh.org/ology/features/stufftodo_arch/tras ...

Title: Dumptown Game
Description: You are Dumptown's new City Manager! When you start to play, you'll see Dumptown at its worst — it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused. Can you initiate programs to Dumptown’s citizens to recycle and reduce waste?
URL: https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/gameintro.htm

Title: Plants Clean Waste Water and Grow Better
Description: Discover how Paul Adler, a horticulturist at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia uses plants to clean up waste water from fish farms.
URL: https://www.ars.usda.gov/oc/kids/water/story1/fishwaste ...

Title: Municipal Solid Waste
Description: This page contains excellent information and graphs on the generation and recycling of municipal solid wastes.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-sustainable-materials- ...

Title: Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
Description: This is a 2010 new article about Japan recycling valuable metals and minerals from stockpiles of used electronics.
URL: https://myaccount.nytimes.com/auth/login?URI=http://www ...

Title: Recycle City
Description: Discover ways recycling can help the environment and find out how much the recycling programs can cost a city.
URL: https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/

Title: Human Impacts on Antarctica and Threats to the Environment
Description: How have various types of human activity affected the Antarctic? This page looks at the effects of tourism, scientific research, and global issues.
URL: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica fact file/scie ...

Title: How Plasma Converters Work
Description: Plasma is more than just the fourth state of matter. This article describes how plasma "torches" can be used to treat various forms of waste materials, converting them to their basic elements.
URL: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/ ...

Title: Earth 911
Description: Recycling is in the news! Here you will discover new and innovative ways to recycle, interesting articles about recycling plans and concerns, and recycling ideas that will help the planet.
URL: http://earth911.com/

Title: National Ocean Service
Description: National Ocean Service translates science, tools and services into action to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion and contaminants in the environment. Oceans, coasts, charting and navigation are the main ideas. Historical Hurricane Tracker can generate customize maps based on previous data.
URL: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/

Title: Municipal Solid Waste: Secondary Curriculum
Description: This page has links to eight hands-on activities guiding students through waste management strategies.
URL: https://www.plt.org/curriculum/municipal-solid-waste/

Title: Recycling as a Focus for Project-Based Learning
Description: This article has suggestions for a recycling project that can cross disciplines, be relevant to young people, and increase awareness about and solve real-world problems.
URL: https://myaccount.nytimes.com/auth/login?URI=http://lea ...

Title: Human Impact
Description: Satellite technology shows us how the earth is affected by ozone depletion, desertification, deforestation, floods, dams, and overpopulation. There are many videos and graphics.
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/impact.html

Title: Waste-Free Lunches
Description: Check this site if you're looking for a class project related to recycling and the environment, including trash audits and suggestions for getting the students, parents, and the community involved.
URL: http://www.wastefreelunches.org/

Title: What do the numbers on plastic mean?
Description: This video explains the numbers found on plastic containers as "resin identification codes" and shows examples of each. (YouTube 3:30)
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXUqPjnjMUE

Title: Leaky Landfills
Description: Students learn about different types of landfills, construct a model of a landfill, and investigate potential sources of water pollution associated with landfills.
URL: http://www.servicelearning.org/sites/default/files/down ...

Title: Clothes on the Grow
Description: Students will gain an understanding of fiber production, fiber processing, and careers. Students will gain an appreciation for the agricultural system that provides their clothes, home furnishings, paper, and numerous other items.
URL: http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=193

Title: Build a Mini-Landfill
Description: Construct a small-scale replica of a landfill and observe how little decomposition occurs in this type of setting.
URL: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-e ...

Title: Recycling
Description: Let your students dream up a product that uses only biodegradable materials, and then test their marketing skills by having them sell it to their classmates.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson- ...

Title: Saving Humpty Dumpty
Description: Students will describe how shoe design, manufacturing, retailing, consumer use, and disposal impact environments and societies. Students will discuss ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle resources in the life-cycle for a shoe product. Students will investi
URL: http://mypages.iit.edu/~smile/chbi0800.htm