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This lesson was developed as part of the Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State funded Competitive Technology Grant. The activity will be used in conjunction with a DESE funded grant project titled "T's for Trees." This Quest provides general background information about recycling (specifically paper waste reduction) to introduce them to one aspect of the grant project in which they will participate.

In this lesson, students will choose roles to research about solid waste management, ways to recycle, and how kids can make a difference. They will then evaluate and share their information with the other groups and write a "Can Do" essay explaining paper waste reduction and a way they can help in their community.

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This lesson is part of the seventh grade reading component in the "T's for Trees" grant project, where students recycle t-shirts to produce shopping bags to be used in local grocery stores. Students will complete a different component in each of their core classes as well as attend the Earth Day event at Whiteman Air Force Base. They will also create a digital scrapbook showing students' progress with the grant project to be included on the "T's for Trees" web page. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the project as well as provide motivation.

For more information about the "T's for Trees" grant, visit the Tiger Web home page at:


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Curriculum Standards

Communication Arts Standards Addressed

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(Also refer to the process description given to students in the Student Pages.)

This lesson is designed to be included in a "Cool Kids" thematic Reading unit (where students will read short stories about kids helping out or making a difference in some way) and will use at least two eighty-five minute block class periods for research, one for students to discuss their findings with the other groups, one to choose a topic for their "Can Do" essay, and two to complete the essay.

Students will be divided into groups randomly by choosing a slip of paper with either Researcher, Evaluator or Presenter printed on it.


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Resources Needed

Ideally, each student should have access to a computer with Internet access. Each group, however, could reasonably share one computer. Students should also have prior note-taking and documentation skills and knowledge of site exploration. Prior exposure to the steps in the writing process as well as paragraph development would also be beneficial.

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Students will be evaluated informally by observing their behavior in the lab, reviewing their research notes, and monitoring their participation in group/classroom discussions. Students will also be evaluated formally by following the rubric for the "Can Do" essay as outlined on the Evaluation page. Additional evaluations will also take place during each phase of the "T's for Trees" grant project.

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