Why Save a Can?


This activity ties together the recycling of aluminum and the protection of rain forests. Students use critical thinking to study the effects of open pit mining of bauxite in rain forests and then draw their own conclusions about how to minimize the impact of bauxite mining and boost recycling efforts within their communities. Drawing conclusions exercises students' problem-solving skills, and the hands-on approach throughout the activity promotes student participation and critical thinking. In an evaluation of the activity, middle school students reported that they learned where aluminum comes from, and 85% rated the activity with the highest score for enjoyment. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Science Activities is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


Greenwood Laboratory School

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aluminum, bauxite, environmental education, rain forests, recycling

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Science Activities