Earth Day Everyday Action Science: Dissect a Happy Meal! Make a Trash Troll!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Ever wonder about the trash that just one Happy Meal creates?  Dissect a real Happy Meal with us and find out!  Learn sign language for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle along with other signs to celebrate Earth Day everyday!  Discover everyday actions you can take to help our Earth! We adapt this program to your grade level!    

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By Request: $155.00
By Request Premium: $145.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Family & Consumer Science, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Writing Storytelling

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If your school is closed due to weather, please notify us by 8:00 am EST the day of your scheduled program.
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Programs are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. We begin this program by identifying items we threw away today, either at home or at school.
2. We identify and count the items in a Happy Meal.
3. We predict how many pieces of trash there are in one Happy Meal.
4. We carefully dissect a real Happy Meal and tally the food items vs the trash items. Students participate in keeping a tally. We discuss this amazing result and then use math to calculate the number of trash items that their entire class or grade level would generate!
5. Students learn the definitions and sign language for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," Then they apply these terms to identify items in their classroom. We discuss how the students are already practicing the Three R's, and how they can they take even more actions to reduce, reuse and recycle their trash.
6. Then we show what happens to trash that is not recycled and how it will "sit" for a VERY long time in a landfill or trash dump.
7. After participating in a short story, students use their art skills to decorate a brown paper lunch bag to turn it into a "Trash Troll" litter bag to keep in their family car.
8. We review with a "Call to Action" and review our sign language for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."


Students will:
-show our sign language to a friend
-understand and define vocabulary terms: litter, reduce, reuse, recycle
-be able to name definite actions that they themselves can take in order to reduce, reuse, recycle
-understand the detrimental effects of litter on our environment
-be able to make a positive decision regarding trash disposal
-develop an appreciation for the problems that local littering causes
-engage in activities of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in the student's own life

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Standards for Earth Day program
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
"Understand and communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air and living things in our local and global environments."

State Standards

Valerie will identify your state standards if you would like. Just let her know!