Mysteries of the Pyramids

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MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO: The meaning of the recycling numbers

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Frame:

  1. What types of plastic do you recycle already?
  2. How do you know what you can recycle?
  3. Take a quick pre-test. The test can be retrieved online, in this Google Form or given physically by printing it from the downloaded version of this guide.

Focus:

  1. What mystery does the explorer want to solve?
  2. What does the mummy offer to help the explorer with?
  3. How many types of recycling triangles are there? What three groups do they fall into?
  4. Why does the scenery and background change as the explorer and the mummy move from group 1 to 3?

Follow-up:

  1. What does the explorer mean when he talks about Group 3, and says, “Just because something has this triangle symbol on it doesn’t mean that it will get recycled”?
  2. What does the mummy tell the explorer to do? How can we do that?
  3. What else can you do to recycle?

 

ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

  1. What types of plastic do you already recycle?
  2. Students will answer soda bottles, milk gallons, etc.
  3. How do you know what you can recycle?
  4. There is a triangle on the bottom (or on some area) of plastic items
  5. The triangle is used to identify which type of plastic the product is made of and if it can be recycled.
  6. The arrows form a continuous triangle making the universal recycling symbol
  7. Pre-Test Answers:
    1. Students should aim for B
    2. C
    3. D – Both brands are just bottled, purified municipal water

Focus:

  1. What mystery does the explorer want to solve?
    1. He wants to figure out what to do with his plastic bottle.
  2. What does the mummy offer to help the explorer with?
    1. The mummy wants to explain the recycling symbols to the explorer
  3. How many types of recycling triangles are there? What three groups do they fall into?
    1. Download this guide or view the PDF for a graphic organizer
    2. There are 7 types of plastic recycling symbols, fitting into 3 main groups
    3. Group #1 is easy to recycle, Group #2 is much harder, and Group #3 is almost impossible to recycle
  4. How does the scenery and background change as the explorer and the Mummy move from group 1 to 3?
    1. Just like the groups themselves, the scenery changes as the plastics get harder to recycle and clutter up the pyramid.
    2. Group #1 has a light and bright background showing bottles that can be recycled. Through #2, there is more piled up, and it is more crowded. By #3, the tomb is cluttered and piled high with materials.

Follow-up:

  1. What does the explorer mean when he talks about Group 3, and says, “Just because something has this triangle symbol on it doesn’t mean that it will get recycled”?
    1. It is much more difficult to recycle the materials in Group 3 because these plastics are either not safe to recycle or the recycling process is costly and inefficient. We have to find a way to recycle these materials in a cost effective and efficient way.
  2. What does the mummy tell the explorer to do? How can we do that?
    1. The mummy asks him to recycle more and to spread that information. Choose containers and products that can be easily recycled. Reuse when you can. Be creative and find ways to reduce what you use.
  3. What else can you do to recycle?
    1. Learn more
    2. Spread the information
    3. Become and stay aware
    4. Watch more of the Green Ninja!

 

RESOURCES

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FURTHER ACTION

  1. Create your own recycle, reuse, and reduce symbols
    1. http://www.planetpals.com/recyclesymbols.html
  2. Research what happens to what we recycle. (Watch the video “The Story of Stuff” to learn about how we send off our own waste. This film was released in 2007; have things gotten better? Read updates from the Story of Stuff project.)
  3. Read information from the plastics industry to see a different viewpoint, focusing on the economic and lifestyle benefits of plastic. http://www.plasticsindustry.org/aboutplastics/?navItemNumber=1008
  4. Keep track at school and/or at your home. How many items do you recycle or reuse each day? Each week?
  5. Start a school-wide project to measure how much you reduce, reuse, and recycle. What changes can you make? Focus on eliminating plastic water bottles and encourage the use of reusable water bottles and refill stations. https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
  6. Research your local recycling center. How effective is your city’s recycling efforts? What kind of recycling will it take?
  7. Write/draw your own story, comic, poster, video, website, etc. to communicate how important it is to know the symbols for recyclables?
    1. Easy-to-use technical resources for students
      1. Storify
      2. Padlet
  8. Google Apps for Education
  9. Quizzes, puzzles:
    1. Quizlet
    2. Kahoot
  10. Cartooning, drawing

Software often changes, but you can always get updated links to student-friendly online comic maker.

 

FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS – LANGUAGE/HISTORY/CODING

  1. This video is a parody of the journey of an explorer, the archaeologist who wants to find the secrets of the pyramids. Perhaps this is a reference to a long-time ago Egyptologist named Harold Carter. What do you know about Harold Carter? He rediscovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922 and found it largely intact. It was a huge and fascinating discovery, and made ancient Egypt a popular part of our modern culture. The explorer Carter for Kids
  2. What kinds of symbols have been found ancient Egyptian tombs? What are they called? The Egyptians of that time wrote in hieroglyphics. You can use symbols to write, too. Your Name in Hieroglyphs
  3. What’s a code? What are some examples of codes? Why would someone want to use a code to share information? Types of codes
    1. Our alphabet is a type of code and allows us to read. We see the letter and combinations of letters, and then translate those symbols into sounds, then into words, then sentences. We get meaning from codes. We communicate through many types of codes
    2. There are many types of codes, including Morse code, machine code, programming code, numbers.
    3. Some codes are meant to communicate secretly. Others are meant to efficiently communicate information after someone learns what the code means. That is the case for the recycling triangle codes.

 

 

 

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Elizabeth Brooking.

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