This lesson was designed as collaboration lesson between the technology and science department. This is to help teachers begin to collaborate their lessons and curriculum plans with our teachers at both the middle and high school level.
This lesson is to have your students be able to experience project based learning (PBL) environment with other students. This will bring teachers together to work on State standards in a collaborating way. Both teachers of the computer and science class will implement this project in their lesson plans and curriculum as a joint project.


This lesson is meant for the 8th grade physical science class and it involves earth science and chemistry to a lesser extent. The lesson can be extended to other grade levels if the state standards are meant.
Students will need to have access to the internet and be able to use a search engine to do their research. They will also need to know how to use word, excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation.
Prior to this lesson, students will need to know about the elements in the periodic table and be familiar with how to read the characteristics on the periodic table.

Curriculum - California State Standards

                               Focus on Physical Science - Eight Grade
The organization of the periodic table is based on the properties of the elements and reflects the structure of atoms. As a basis for understanding this concept:
    1. Students know how to identify regions corresponding to metals, nonmetals, and inert gases.
    2. Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different but specific number of neutrons in the nucleus.
    3. Students know substances can be classified by their properties, including their melting temperature, density, hardness, and thermal and electrical conductivity.
                              Atomic and Molecular Structure - Grades Nine through Twelve
The periodic table displays the elements in increasing atomic number and shows how periodicity of the physical and chemical properties of the elements relates to atomic structure. As a basis for understanding this concept:
  1. Students know how to relate the position of an element in the periodic table to its atomic number and atomic mass.
  2. Students know how to use the periodic table to identify metals, semimentals, nonmentals, and halogens.




A field trip will need to be designed fro this project. Student will need to make a trip to an E waste recycling facility to get much first hand information on the materials.
A computer and the access to the internet will be needed for this project.
Each group will need to have access to a laptop to do their research on the project.
Either Microsoft Office or Open Office will be needed to type in their report and research work for the project.
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This project is help educate our students about our environment and how to take care of it. Exposing the students to information about E waste will help them to start thinking of ways to decrease the pollution is causing to our environment and the world in whole.
This is also a good way to collaborate with other teachers in embracing project based learning (PBL) assignments which will act as an incentive in making students enjoy learning in the classroom.
This will also help teachers to implement and integrate PBL in their curriculum and lesson plans.