THEMES IN THE STORY Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do? Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”
THEMES IN THE STORY: Accountability, Responsibility, Environmentalism, Community
“Did you know the average American makes about four pounds of garbage every day?”
The Garbage Barge traveled for 162 days before reaching its final harbor. Can you imagine the stink?! Create an “Ode to Odor”. Write a diamante poem about smelly garbage.
A diamante poem is a seven line poem that forms the shape of the diamond. Diamante poems are made with individual nouns, adjectives and verbs. You can choose to describe one topic (smelly trash), two similar topics (smelly trash and smelly landfills), or two opposite topics (waste and recycling). Poem may or may not rhyme.
DIRECTIONS FOR ACTIVITY: Use the pattern below and the example to help you write an “Ode to Odor. Have Fun!
After the trash from the Garbage Barge was burned, the remaining 430 tons was buried in a landfill in Islip. Does it stay there forever? Let us find out!
What is your best estimate for how long this trash lasts in a landfill?
Step 1: Organize the list above from shortest time to longest time you think the items last in a landfill.
Step 2: Then, use the internet to search for scientists’ approximations for each item.
a. Was your list correct?
b. Are you surprised by the amount of time items last in a landfill? Which ones? Why?
c. How will knowing the life spans of trash have an impact on your recycling habits?
Step 3: Will you do anything different with your garbage? If so, what?
Create a poster that illustrates the lifespan of the trash items listed. Place your poster in a prominent place to remind family members to reduce, reuse and recycle!