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Resource Conservation and the

Three Rs
A WebQuest for 6th Grade
Subject: Science
Designed by
Chauncey Stephens
cstep23@tigers.lsu.edu

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Introduction

Congratulations! You have


just been hired as a
reporter for WBRZ News 2,
and your first assignment
is to report on resource
conservation and the three
Rs in order to convince
your viewers to take
action. You will work with
three other reporters on
this segment.
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Task
Before filming your 5 minute news segment, you
and your team members will first conduct
research on resource conservation and the three
Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle)every good reporter
has to gather their facts.
Your goal is to then convince the citizens of Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, to practice the three Rs in
order to conserve our resources and protect our
environment. You must show your viewers how
these issues impact their lives and how they can
help.
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The Process
1. You will be assigned to a team of four students (including yourself).
The four of you will work as a reporter team to gather information
and film a news segment. Each reporter will have different
information to gather.
2. Number off in your group: Reporter 1, Reporter 2, Reporter 3, and
Reporter 4. Then use the websites on the following slides to answer
your assigned questions. Keep a field journal with your notes.
Answer your assigned questions in complete sentences in a word
document.
3. After completing your individual research, work with your group to
create a script for your news segment in a word document. Make
sure to answer each question in the video.
4. Work together to film a five minute news segment with the provided
camera and any necessary props.
5. As a group, edit your video clips into one news segment to present to
the class.
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Reporter 1: Waste

What is considered waste? What distinctions are


made between the different types of waste?
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ind
ex.htm
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/index.htm
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm

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Reporter 2: Why reduce, reuse, and recycle?

Describe the benefits of decreasing garbage


production and the need for landfill space.
http://www.nrdc.org/cities/recycling/recyc/chap2.asp
Identify the depositional rates of common waste
products. How is this significant?
http://www.kbrb.org/information/decomposition-rates.
aspx
What are the litter laws in Louisiana?
http://www.kbrb.org/information/litter-law-and-stats.a
spx
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Reporter 3: Energy

How does recycling impact energy consumption?


http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=environment
_recycling-basics
What could we do with plastics that cant be recycled,
and why is this important?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5eX-J23_oE

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Reporter 4: What can you do to make a


difference?

What can you do to make a positive difference in the


environment every day?
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/index.htm
How can reducing, reusing, and recycling help you,
your community, and the environment by saving
money, energy, and natural resources?
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle

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Evaluation
Individual Grade
Independent Research and Participation
All questions answered in complete sentences in a word document
5 pts
Answers supported with evidence from the provided resources 5 pts
Active role in the video
5 pts
Actively present and answer follow up questions
5 pts
Group Grade
Script and Video

Total

Detailed script answering all questions created in word document


All questions answered in the video5 pts
Video is approximately 5 minutes in length
2 pts
Video is edited in a logical order
3 pts
The news segment persuades viewers to practice the three Rs
Total

20 pts

5 pts

5 pts

20 pts

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Conclusion
You have officially filmed your first news segment on
WBRZ News 2! The viewers have responded
positively, and many have taken steps to raise
awareness about the importance of conserving our
resources by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Various community members have also shared their
efforts to positively impact the environment.
Looks like you will soon be able to film a segment on
the great work the community is now doing! Make
sure to continue to share this information and these
ideas with others.
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Teacher Weblinks
1.

http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=environment_re
cycling-basics
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5eX-J23_oE
3. http://www.nrdc.org/cities/recycling/recyc/chap2.asp
4. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/index.h
tm
5. http://www2.epa.gov/recycle
6. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/index.htm
7. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/index.htm
8. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm
9. http://www.kbrb.org/information/decomposition-rates.asp
x
10. http://www.kbrb.org/information/litter-law-and-stats.aspx

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SE-M-A6: distinguishing between renewable and nonrenewable
resources and understanding that nonrenewable natural
resources are not replenished through the natural cycles and
thus are strictly limited in quantity (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
GLE 46: Identify ways people can reuse, recycle, and reduce the
use of resources to improve and protect the quality of life (SEM-A6)
Unit: 6th Grade, Science, and Protecting Our Earth, Our Resources,
and Our Health

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Objectives:
Students will gather information on the positive impact of reducing,
reusing, and recycling on the environment.
Students will articulate the importance of resource conservation.
Students will work with their peers to plan, film, and edit a five minute
video.

Timeline: Five 50 minute class periods

Day
Day
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Day

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Individual Research
Draft Script
Filming
Editing
Presentations

Materials: 28 computers, Internet Browser, Microsoft Word, 7


handheld video cameras, Windows Movie Maker

Credits & References

Background Image:
https://www.lawrenceks.org/swm/recycling
WBRZ Image:
http://bigbuddyprogram.net/web/wp-conten
t/uploads/2011/04/WBRZ_abc_News2Louisian
a_Print.jpg

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