Foam On The Range

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MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  How to be an everyday environmental hero is easy and explained in this episode of the Green Ninja Show.  This video is a great launching point to discuss ways to improve our environmental impact from recycling everyday items to choosing the right container for take-out food and other items makes a difference to the environment.  The main character in Foam on the Range illustrates this idea through song and skit using a familiar and fun tune (Home on the Range) with some catchy new lyrics.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

1. Have you ever thought, “I want to save the planet, but I am too small to be a hero.”?

2. What are some simple ways that we can help the environment?

3. What is recycling? What can you recycle?What are “good environmental choices?”

4. Why is Styrofoam a problem for the environment?

Focus:

1. What made Kelsey an everyday hero compared to anyone else?

2. When might you consider how your food purchased are packaged or stored?

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4. What types of objects do you see in this picture and how are they the same and how are they different?

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Follow-up:

1. What are of the things that you might include in your daily routine that might improve your environmental choices? Reduce, reuse, and recycle the less we consume the less we discard.  Think of ways to minimize your carbon footprint.  Bring your own bags; use a reusable container for water and food.  Pack your lunch.  Walk, carpool, donate, or re-purpose unwanted items – click here.

2. List ways to reduce Styrofoam product use and then plan and organize a “grass roots” effort to reduce the use of Styrofoam products.

3. Organize a community awareness day to clean up your community.  Educate others about the dangers of littering.  Be a guest speaker about the impact littering has on the environment.

4. From the song lyrics, of Foam on the Range, “Styrofoam does not decay.”  Research and find ways to reuse, reduce, or recycle discarded Styrofoam.

5. Write lyrics and illustrate or act out a new song, NO Foam on the Range that discusses ways to solve the Styrofoam problem.

ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

1. Have you ever thought, “I want to save the planet, but I am too small to be a hero.”?

Have students silently journal their response to this question.  Discuss responses.

2. What are some simple ways that we can help the environment?

We can help the planet by making wise choices and reducing what we purchase, reusing (or repurposing) what we have, and recycling.

3. What is recycling?  What can you recycle?

Have students silently journal their response to this question.  Discuss responses.  Show students the recycle symbol at the bottom of containers.  The number in the recycle symbol is a coded number that tells what type of material the object is made of and how it should be recycled.

4. What are “good environmental choices?”

Good environmental choices are those that help the environment or have small carbon footprints.  We need to consider the difference between “needs” and “wants.”

5. Why is Styrofoam a problem for the environment?

Simply put it takes a REALLY long time for Styrofoam to decay.  It is so long that the statement “Styrofoam does not decay” is accepted as truth.  Sometimes, Styrofoam does eventually does break down into smaller chunks which get in the environment and are mistaken for food by wildlife.  This is tragic for the creatures that consume the Styrofoam because it is not digestible and fills the animal with plastic.  Styrofoam also clogs waterways and creates eyesores.

Focus:

1. What made Kelsey an everyday hero compared to anyone else?

Kelsey simply picked up a water bottle that everyone else ignored and walked by. She took the time to make the situation better by cleaning up someone else’s mess because it was the right thing to do.

2. When might you consider how your food purchased are packaged or stored?

Anytime you purchase an item you “vote with your money.”  Talk to small business owners; write letters to large corporations that sell goods, become active in your community as a spokes person for reducing packaging and using compostable packaging.

3. At this point in the video, what could this character do differently to help the environment?

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The Foam Ranger is throwing out a used Styrofoam container that held his take-out dinner. The container should not be thrown away because Styrofoam cannot be recycled, but he should have talked to the merchant who sold him his dinner and asked the merchant to use compostable containers instead of Styrofoam.

4. What types of objects do you see in this picture and how are they the same and how are they different?

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There are two types of refuse in this image: compostable and non-compostable. Always choose compostable for a healthier and better environment.

Follow-up:

1. What are of the things that you might include in your daily routine that might improve your environmental choices?

Reduce, reuse, and recycle the less we consume the less we discard.  Think of ways to minimize your carbon footprint.  Bring your own bags; use a reusable container for water and food.  Pack your lunch.  Walk, carpool, donate, or re-purpose unwanted items – click here.

2. List ways to reduce Styrofoam product use and then plan and organize a “grass roots” effort to reduce the use of Styrofoam products.

3. Organize a community awareness day to clean up your community.  Educate others about the dangers of littering.  Be a guest speaker about the impact littering has on the environment.

4. From the song lyrics, of Foam on the Range, “Styrofoam does not decay.”  Research and find ways to reuse, reduce, or recycle discarded Styrofoam.

5. Write lyrics and illustrate or act out a new song, NO Foam on the Range that discusses ways to solve the Styrofoam problem.

ADDITIONAL TOPICS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

1. Look at this scene from the Green Ninja video.

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2. Who are these people and what are they really doing?  Put yourself in each person’s head and write a monologue for each person in this picture.

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3. Go to the Green Ninja website at www.greenninja.org and learn about the energy contest.  Sign up your class and run a “Green Ninja” contest for your classroom.  http://www.greenninja.org/contest/gnerp.php

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND RESOURCES

1. What is composting? Here is an EPA link that describes, and teaches about how to compost – click here

2. Is there another way to use Styrofoam?  Research about some creative ideas – click here

3. Why is Styrofoam bad? – click here

4. Here is a nice site that gives tips for greener living – click here

BACKGROUND

You can use our Green Ninja videos in a variety of ways:

A. to introduce a new topic,

B. to provide an additional learning experience to reinforce your current lessons,

C. and to assess the extent to which your students have mastered the material.

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Susan Hansen.