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Andrea Moran


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Justice, Health, Climate Action

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  • Article
  • Video, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
  • Lesson Plan, 50 minutes

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Global, North America, United States, Africa, Asia

3 Reasons to Teach High Schoolers About E-Waste and Ideas on How to Do It

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Population Connection

  • This resource outlines the importance of teaching teenagers about electronics waste (e-waste) and the articles and other content will educate them about responsible e-recycling and engage them in taking personal action. 
  • The e-waste lesson includes bell-ringers, discussion questions, a PBS video about an undercover investigation of e-waste, a case study about e-waste in Ghana, and extension ideas.
Teaching Tips


  • This article provides specific follow-up activities and pre-scripted questions, making it a resource packed with ready-to-use information for classrooms. 
  • The links included within the resource provide teachers with a variety of additional information including interactive media, news stories, and links to responsible e-waste recyclers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need an understanding of e-waste and, therefore, accessing the blog referenced in the article may be beneficial.
  • The links to "host an e-waste drive" and "investigate e-waste in their state" are broken.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in science and social studies classes as students look at issues such as the local and global impacts of e-waste and the environmental and health problems associated with e-waste.
  • The variety of resources included in the article allows different types of learners to access additional information in the formats that best meet their learning needs.
Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the concept of e-waste, recycling, and management. It can help students to develop a civic engagement skill set, thus, this is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.9-10.1 Accurately cite strong and thorough textual evidence (e.g., via discussion, written response, etc.) and make relevant connections to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
      • RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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