Activity Introduction

Quick summary: The activity challenges the students to draw together all that they have learned about waste in the unit and communicate the 4Rs to others in the school or at home.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that the 4Rs and other tools can help us to cut the amount of waste we throw away.
  • Students learn that there are many ways that we can communicate these tools to others.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)
  • Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1685)
  • Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Year 3 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)
  • Use a range of software including word processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1697)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Year 4 Geography

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-2, GE2-3ST2-11LW, ST2-4WSEN2-2A, EN2-3A, EN2-6B

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: Several classes of 60 mins each

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate the process.

Resources required: Depending on the communication medium chosen by the students: art materials, computer with internet access, camera, movie camera.

Digital learning opportunities: Use digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: 4Rs, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rubbish, waste.

 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goals: Students learn that the 4Rs tool is great way to help people to cut the waste they produce. The students, working in small groups, design and make a communication product that they share with other people at your school or at home.

Teacher content information:

Refuse – means to not do something in order to cut the waste you will produce. A simple example of this is to not accept a plastic shopping bag from the shop assistant when you have bought only one small item. Another example is to not use aluminium foil to roast potatoes in their jackets in the oven.
Reduce – buying and using things more carefully so that you produce less waste overall. For example, if you buy one large box of cereal instead of two small ones, that means you will have less cardboard packaging overall. Packing the right amount of food for your school lunch means that you will have less uneaten food to throw away after lunch.
Reuse – to use more than once for the

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