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Landfill Decomposition—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB0425

Price: $70.90

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In the Landfill Decomposition Laboratory Kit for environmental science, set up different types of simulated landfills and test the effectiveness of each landfill using various “trash”  items.

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Americans generate over 210 million tons of trash every year! One of the biggest decisions voters will need to make in the coming years is “what are we going to do with all this trash?” In this activity, students will set up different types of simulated landfills and test the effectiveness of each landfill using various “trash” items. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about how landfills work, the difference between open-air landfills and sanitary landfills and what types of items will biodegrade in each type of landfill. Kit includes detailed instructions, reproducible student handouts, landfill test items, and landfill containers.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum strip, 6" x ½", 4
Sand, 1 kg, 4
Container, clear, 16 oz, 32
Cornstarch peanuts, 50
Nylon string, neon, 10
Popsicle stick, 300
Potting soil, 8 lb, 2
String, cotton, white
Styrofoam peanuts, 50
Wood splints, 10


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-LS2-3. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.