Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students brainstorm examples of each of the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and explore how they can apply the 4Rs to their own lives.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the four steps to reducing waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Students recognise their own roles in reducing waste.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 English:

  • Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699)

Year 5 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)

Year 6 English:

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)

Year 6 Science:

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-6PWEN3-1A.

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: 45 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate activity.

Resources required: Butchers’ paper, Blu Tac, felt markers.

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: 4Rs, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, 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 goal: Students brainstorm examples of each of the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse Recycle - and explore how they can apply the 4Rs to their own lives.

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 same or a different purpose. For example, a girl might use a Ziploc bag for some biscuit
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Student Worksheet

What do you know about the 4Rs?

In your own words, write a definition for REFUSE and one example:

 

 

In your own words, write a definition for REDUCE and one example:

 

 

In your own words, write a definition for REUSE and one example:

 

 

In your own words, write a definition for RECYCLE and one example:

 

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