Clean and Green- Water/Waste Campaign
Cleaning our homes and work places can be hard on the environment, depending on the products we use and how we use them. Many commercially available cleaners contain hazardous chemicals that can damage living things, as well as the air and water around us. The Clean and Green campaign provides some easy alternatives to harmful cleaning products, and the products are easy to make and safe for students to use.
Time Required: 1 class period over 3-5 weeks
Grade 5 Science Outcome: MC5.3 Assess how the production, use, and disposal of raw materials and manufactured products affects self, society, and the environment. Social Studies: Outcome: RW5.1 Explain the importance of sustainable management of the environment to Canada’s future.
Grade 6 Science: Outcomes: DL6.5 Assess effects of micro-organisms on past and present society, and contributions of science and technology to human understanding of micro-organisms.
Grade 7 Science: Outcomes: MS7.1 Distinguish between pure substances and mixtures (mechanical mixtures and solutions) using the particle model of matter. MS7.2 Investigate methods of separating the components of mechanical mixtures and solutions, and analyze the impact of industrial and agricultural applications of those methods. MS7.3 Investigate the properties and applications of solutions, including solubility and concentration.
Grade 8 Science: Outcome: WS8.1 Analyze the impact of natural and human- induced changes to the characteristics and distribution of water in local, regional, and national ecosystems.
Grade 9 Science: Outcome: AE9.1 Distinguish between physical and chemical properties of common substances, including those found in household, commercial, industrial, and agricultural applications.
The Clean and Green campaign provides some easy alternatives to harmful cleaning products, and the products are easy to make and safe for students to use.
An audit is a test or assessment that provides necessary information for the action project/campaign.
Pre and post audits should be done to give you information about what needs to be done (pre), and if you have been successful (post).
Pre-Audit: A pre-test or assessment to give students information about whether the campaign is needed. Pre-audits establish a baseline to measure what success would mean. Audits can also give information about some of the barriers and benefits of a campaign, helping students plan what information to give during the project.
Education and Monitoring: While the campaign is going on, students may monitor how well the behaviours are changing and what still isn’t working. This monitoring may give information about what to do differently to achieve greater success.
Post-Audit: This measures if the campaign has not been successful, has met the goals, or surpassed them. Additional auditing done after a period of time can show if the behaviour is lasting or has been generalized to other similar behaviours.
Ask the building operator and the students in your class the following questions: 1. WastheCleanandGreenCampaignsuccessful?Didyouachieveyour
goals? (2. WhatpartsoftheCleanandGreenCampaigndidordidn’tworkwell? 3. Whatkindsofreminderswouldhelpyoutocontinueusingenvironmentally
friendly cleaning products?
Tools and Materials
- Lab Materials
Baking soda, liquid soap, essential oils, containers and rags.
Resource Type:Lesson Plan
Subject(s):Health, Social Studies, Environmental Studies, Chemistry,
Topic:Health, Taking Action, Water Issues,
Level:Intermediate / MiddleSecondary
Grade: 5 6 7 8 9
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