This unit is based around the theme of the environment and what we can do to improve the place we live in. Through inquiry students will be able to explore different strategies such as the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) and creating a vermicompost to help the community we live in. This unit will help raise awareness towards areas within our lives that often get ignored. Students will explore the environment through all subject areas as well as through the use of technology.

Abstract
Throughout the unit students will be learning about what the environment is and what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle. The students will have a vermicompost within the classroom as an aid to reduce the amount of garbage. Students will also come to understand how if we do not take care of our environment, then we will harm not only the land but also the people, plants and animals within it. Many of the materials that the students will be working with will be recycled objects that once served another purpose. The lessons are planned chronologically but I am willing to change the order if need be as well as adapt to meet the needs of all students.

Rationale
Throughout our daily lives we throw away what we believe is garbage without thinking critically about whether or not it can be reused or recycled in some way. We take our garbage out on a daily or weekly basis and never think about it again. Where does it go? What harm is it causing us? As a society we need to change how we are living our lives and work towards a more environmentally friendly world. Reusing items can not only be beneficial for the environment but can also serve another purpose in our lives if we think creatively and critically before throwing it away.
It is important for students to learn about the environment because it plays a vital role in all of our lives. Throughout this unit, students will be able to be actively involved in the learning process. Taking care of the environment does not have to be a lot of work. It can start small and then grow from there in order to make a difference in the classroom, community and world. Students will gain the confidence that even though they are young, they can still make a difference. This is a very hands on unit which is engaging for the students because they are learning by doing rather than sitting in their desks and listening to the teacher speak.