Incredible Edible Landfill

Dates/Times: Wednesday, December 10th @ 4:30 - 6PM (register here)
Location: MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center
Cost: $10 per participant
Ages:Grade 3+


Do you ever wonder what happens to your garbage when you throw it in the trash? Where does it end up? What is a landfill? Do they dig a huge hole, throw the trash in and cover it up? In this investigation get hands on with your trash! Conduct a waste audit of common household trash and learn what materials can be recycled. You will be surprised at how much you can keep out of our landfills. Each participant will explore the components of landfills and construct their own landfill model using edible materials.


During this class, students will:
  • Identify components of a landfill
  • Determine the limits of landfills and analyze the problems they can cause future generations
  • Construct a landfill model using edible materials

Grade Specific Standards

For Grades 3 - 5:
  • 2.ESS2.A (5-ESS2-1)
  • 2.ESS2.C (5-ESS2-2)
  • 3.ESS2.D (5-ESS2-1)
  • 4.ESS2.A (5-ESS2-1)
  • MS.ESS2.A (5-ESS2-1)
  • MS.ESS2.C (5-ESS2-1 and 5-ESS2-2)
  • MS.ESS2.D (5-ESS2-1)
  • MS.ESS3.A (5-ESS2-2 and 5-ESS3-1)
  • MS.ESS3.C (5-ESS3-1)
  • MS.ESS3.D (5-ESS3-1)
  • RI.5.1
  • RI.5.7
  • RI.5.9
  • W.5.8
  • W.5.9
  • SL.5.5
  • MP.2
  • MP.4
  • 5.G.2
For Middle School:
  • MS.PS3.C (MS-ESS3-2)
  • MS.LS2.A (MS-ESS3-3 AND MS-ESS3-4)
  • MS.LS2.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • MS.LS4.D (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 3.LS2.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 3.LS4.D (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 3.ESS3.B (MS-ESS3-2)
  • 4.ESS3.B (MS-ESS3-2)
  • 5.ESS3.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.LS2.A (MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.LS2.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.LS4.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.LS4.D (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.ESS2.B (MS-ESS3-2)
  • HS.ESS2.C (MS-ESS3-3)
  • HS.ESS2.D (MS-ESS3-2 and MS-ESS3-3)
  • HS.ESS2.E (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.ESS3.A (MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.ESS3.B (MS-ESS3-2)
  • HS.ESS3.C (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • HS.ESS3.D (MS-ESS3-2 and MS-ESS3-3)
  • RST.6-8.1 (MS-ESS3-2 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • RST.6-8.7 (MS-ESS3-2)
  • WHST.6-8.1 (MS-ESS3-4)
  • WHST.6-8.7 (MS-ESS3-3)
  • WHST.6-8.8 (MS-ESS3-3)
  • WHST.6-8.9 (MS-ESS3-4)
  • MP.2 (MS-ESS302)
  • 6.RP.A.1 (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 7.RP.A.2 (MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 6.EE.B.6 (MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, and MS-ESS3-4)
  • 7.EE.B.4 (MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, and MS-ESS3-4)
For High School
  • HS.PS1.B (HS-ESS3-3)
  • HS.PS3.B (HS-ESS3-2)
  • HS.PS3.D (HS-ESS3-2)
  • HS.LS2.A (HS-ESS3-2 and HS-ESS3-3)
  • HS.LS2.B (HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • HS.LS2.C (HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • HS.LS4.D (HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • HS.ESS2.A (HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • HS.ESS2.E (HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.PS1.B (HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.PS3.D (HS-ESS3-2)
  • MS.LS2.A (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-2, and HS-ESS3-3)MS.LS2.B (HS-ESS3-2 and HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.LS2.C (HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • MS.LS4.C (HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.LS4.D (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-2, and HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.ESS2.A (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • MS.ESS2.C (HS-ESS3-6)
  • MS.ESS3.A (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-2, and HS-ESS3-3)
  • MS.ESS3.B (HS-ESS3-1 and HS-ESS3-4)
  • MS.ESS3.C (HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • MS.ESS3.D (HS-ESS3-4 and HS-ESS3-6)
  • RST.11-12.1 (HS-ESS3-1m HS-ESS3-2, and HS-ESS3-4)
  • RST.11-12.8 (HS-ESS3-2 and HS-ESS3-4)
  • WHST.9-12.2 (HS-ESS3-1)
  • MP.2 (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)
  • MP.4 (HS-ESS3-3 and HS-ESS3-6)
  • HSN-Q.A.1 (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-6)
  • HSN-Q.A.3 (HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4, and HS-ESS3-6)