Activity Introduction

landfillQuick summary: In this activity students look at the waste management systems at their school. Students begin by counting the number and types of bins around the school (including rubbish bins, recycling bins and compost bins). They then look at the contents of the rubbish bins using photographs taken of rubbish bin contents. Based on what they see in the bins, students make an assessment on how successful the waste management systems are at their school.

Character-holding-icon_WasteNOTE: Although this activity has been created in support of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program you will not meet the data goals of the program.

This activity has been created to give younger students – for whom the official waste audit would be too complex – an opportunity to participate in the waste component of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program. To gain accreditation your school will still need to complete the more complex waste audit.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Cross curriculum priorities

Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth. OI.3 - Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems. O1.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments. O1.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments. 

General capabilities

Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking

Explicit content description

Science Foundation

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas(ACSIS233)
 

Mathematics Foundation

  • Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings (ACMNA005)
 

Science Year 1

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
 

Mathematics Year 1

  • Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line (ACMNA013)
  • Choose simple questions and gather responses(ACMSP262)
 

Geography Year 1

  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI019)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)
 

Science Year 2

  • Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035) 
 

Mathematics Year 2

  • Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000 (ACMNA027)
  • Collect, check and classify data (ACMSP049)
 

Geography Year 2

  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI035)
 

Science Year 3

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051) 
 

Mathematics Year 3

  • Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)
  • Identify questions or issues for categorical variables. Identify data sources and plan methods of data collection and recording(ACMSP068)
 

Geography Year 3

  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)
 

Science Year 4

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
 

Mathematics Year 4

  • Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures (ACMMG084)
  • Select and trial methods for data collection, including survey questions and recording sheets(ACMSP095)
 

Geography Year 4

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-3, GE1-3, GE2-4ST1-11LW, ST1-9ES,  ST2-11LW,  STe-4WS,  STe-9ME,  ST2-13MWMAe‑1WM, MAe‑2WM, MAe‑3WM, MAe‑8NA, MA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1‑4NA, MA1-17SP, MA2-11MG, MA2-12MG, MA2-17MG, MA2-18SP, MA2-9MG, MA2‑1WM, MA2‑2WM, MA2‑3WM

Connecting lessons: Litter audit.

Resources required: Camera for teacher or photos of bin waste (see activity), student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Waste, recycling, rubbish, bins, counting.

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

waste1Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal:

  • Students understand that there are a range of different waste disposal systems at their school.
  • Students recognise that not all waste is placed in the correct bins at their school.

Teacher content information: When we dump rubbish at the tip (landfill) polluting greenhouse gases (methane) are released. This happens when food and green waste rots under mountains of other rubbish. This puts more energy into our atmosphere and is starting to affect our climate. For every wheelie bin we fill at school and home there are another 70 wheelie bins full of waste that we never see. It’s already been tossed out before it gets to us. How can we create less waste?

Watch this video with your students to find out about waste and school systems.

Cool Australia Presents Waste http://vimeo.com/77933477

See what other schools are doing by exploring a case study here.

Types of waste

  • Landfill waste - rubbish that goes to the tip and is not r
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What does the saying 'Waste not, want not' mean?

How many bins are at your school?

You'll need to check all the rooms in the school, and look at bins in hallways and corridors. Use the table below to record the number of bins:

Location of bin Number of rubbish bins Number of bins for recycling paper and cardboard Number of bins for recycling bottles and cans Number of bins for food scraps
Outside bins
Classrooms
Main office
Principal's office
Assistant Principal's office
Teachers' office
Staffroom
Library
Sports room
Sick room
Canteen
Toilets
Other rooms
Total

What's in the bins?

Inside bin - Record only what you can see in the top layer of the rubbish. Write what you see in the table below:

Item in the bin How many?
Sheets of paper
Small pieces of
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