What Is This Toy Truck Made Of?
(Adapted from Recycling: Mining Resources From Trash, Cornell Waste Management Institute)
SUBJECT AREAS: social studies, science
CONCEPT: Many natural resources may be needed to make one object.
OBJECTIVE: To identify how many resources are used to produce an item and why each resource is so important.
- handout: "What Is This Made Of" Record Sheet (below)
- pencil
- ask students to bring in a toy truck or other item to be discussed
KEYWORDS: natural resources

Use an object that youth are familiar with to explore how many resources are used to make it. Youth should realize that everything is made from a natural resource. Example: pencil, house, bicycle, car, softball.
PROCEDURE: Take an item that you are familiar with and list all the raw materials needed to produce it.
Example: A toy truck is made of: wood, paint, plastic, steel, rubber

"What Is This Made Of" Record Sheet

Item being examined:


Parts that make up the object  Raw Materials Needed Renewable in 100 years?
 i.e. - rubber tires latex from trees yes


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