E-Waste and Digital Dumping Lesson


Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Types: Lesson Plans (Individual)

Product Description

Electronic waste or e-waste is broadly defined as anything that is being thrown away by consumers that contains a circuit board. The 1st law of the Digital Age is “Newer is Better”. Old TV’s, phones and computers become obsolete electronic garbage called e-waste. Digital Dumping is the practice of exporting outdated equipment to developing countries like China and India. Peasant farmers, working for just $8/day, with burned hands are breaking down America’s Computers.
This presentation includes a link to a video investigation that explores Digital Dumping.
Students will…
• Explore the common toxic components in digital devices and their effects on the body
• Examine more environmentally friendly ways of dealing with electronic waste
• Create an e-waste digital poster (Student Exemplars included)
Note: You will receive this lesson in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.
UPDATE: A lesson plan has been added to this resource (PDF and editable PowerPoint versions)
Total Pages: 17 pages
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6, 7, 8, 9, 10




Lesson Plans (Individual)


Based on 9 reviews
  1. I adapted this resource to use in an Australian classroom as part of a geography unit on Interconnections. It contains relevant and useful information on e-waste. The posters at the end were particularly helpful and I had my students complete this task.

    Reivew by Sandra L.

  2. Great lesson to bring awareness to E-Waste and allow students to apply what they learn in the form of a digital poster.

    Reivew by Kim Stucky

  3. love

    Reivew by Julie G.

  4. Looking forward to incorporating this into my Intro to CS class.

    Reivew by Mary Z.

  5. Thank you

    Reivew by Ruhan G.

  6. Great, Thank you!

    Reivew by SavvySixth

  7. Great!

    Reivew by Andrea W.

  8. Great resource!

    Reivew by John T.

  9. A very interesting topic to share with my computer class! I love your lessons.

    Reivew by Buyer