A New Jersey teacher uses project-based learning to show her fifth-grade students the connection between science and the "real world." Angela Kadian said she began this method with a lesson on recycling. "They would buy an item, investigate how much waste was involved with its packaging, and come up with ways to recycle it instead of just sending it off to the landfill," Kadian said of her students. Her students were then encouraged to build a toy or create a game out of the recycled materials.

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