Learning with the Times
Using the e-Edition of the St. Petersburg Times, look in photographs, comics and advertisements for items that can be and cannot be recycled. Make a list for each. Group items by type of waste (i.e., plastic, glass, wood, metal, etc.). For your list of items that cannot be recycled, identify which are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic. Group these items by the disposal method you would use. Now that you have your lists, it is time to be creative: Write and illustrate a short story for each type of waste from the viewpoint of an item. If possible, add some impact numbers to your story. Share your stories with classmates, friends and family. Share your story ideas here on the NIE Blogging Zone.
You also can submit your story to Xpress Plugged In, the Times’ online gallery of student creativity. Go to the St. Petersburg Times NIE Web site and click on the XPI logo for instructions on how to submit.