Kendall Hunt Publishing


Insights: Grade 6 There Is No Away Teacher's Guide

Author(s): Education Development Center Inc

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2003

Pages: 328


As our population increases, we generate more and more waste materials. In this module, students become aware of what happens to garbage when it is thrown away. They set up controlled experiments that yield information about what happens to organic and inorganic waste; what it means for something to be "biodegradable;" and advantages and disadvantages of various disposal systems.

Throughout the module students are frequently asked "Where is away?" They grow more and more aware of the reality that there is no "away" and that conservation must be a major part of the solution to our trash problems.

Each Teacher Guide includes:

  • Specific teaching and management strategies
  • Detailed teaching sequences for teaching the first three phases of the Learning Experience (Getting Started; Exploring and Discovering; and Processing For Meaning)
  • Reproducible masters for Student Science Notebook pages, Group Recording Sheets, and Home-School Worksheets
  • Extension activities in science, language arts and social studies
  • Assessment materials (an introductory questionnaire, embedded assessments, and a final questionnaire consisting of performance and written components)
  • Science Background (provides general science concepts as they are introduced and developed in the module) to help prepare teacher
  • Teacher and Student Resources section (annotated lists of children's books, teacher reference books, and technological aids)


The Insights Elementary Science Curriculum
Introduction to There Is No Away
How to Get Started Using an Insights Module
Teaching Level
Time and Scheduling
Organization of Each Learning Experience

Teaching Strategies

Model Science Learning
Encourage Exploration
Structure Student Groups
Address Diverse Student Populations
Include Students with Learning and Physical Disabilities
Modify and Adapt the Module

Curricular Connections

Science and Literacy
Mathematical Thinking
Instructional Technology

Home-School Connection
Teaching-Learning Framework
Scientific Inquiry Framework

Assessment Framework

Gathering Data
Data Recording Tools

Class Record

Science Concepts
Abilities and Understandings Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

Student Profile

Science Concepts
Abilities and Understandings Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

Alignment to the National Science Education Standards
Conceptual Story Line
Summary of Learning Experiences
Safety Rules
Summary of Materials


Introductory Assessment
1 Setting the Stage
2 Manufactured and Natural Waste
3 Sources of Waste
4 A Sanitary Landfill
5 Rain on the Landfill
6 Understanding the Land in the Landfill
7 Challenge¿Keeping the Water from Escaping
8 The Great Cleanup
9 What Happened?
10 Concluding the "Away" Experiment
11 Let's Dilute It!
12 There's a Strike!
13 "Away" Revisited¿What Can We Do?
14 How Many Ways Can You Wrap a Peanut?
15 Community Thieves (Final Performance Assessment)
16 Industrial Waste Is Our Waste, Too (Optional)
Final Assessment




Student Resources
Teacher Resources

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