Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students develop a safety code for learning about solid waste.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that there are some hazards in learning about waste.
  • Students understand that they can be safe with waste if they follow some simple rules.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts(ACELY1728)

Year 7 Science

  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 8 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish textsimaginatively (ACELY1738)

Year 8 Science

  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-4B, EN4-2A, SC4-5WS, SC4-9WS

Topic: Solid waste

Time required: 48 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead the activity.

Resources needed: Paper and pens.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Waste, safety, safety code, school.

 

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 develop a safety code for learning about solid waste.

Hot tips: The class safety code can be used when working with waste in other activities.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Explain to the students that in this unit they will be working with solid waste. Ask them to explain what this means (suggested answer: stuff that we no longer want). Ask them to give you some examples of waste and write some of these examples on the board.

Step 2. Explain to students that it's time to think about safety. Ask students to look at all the examples of waste that you wrote on the board and to think about the following questions:

  • Which ones would you feel okay to hold? 
  • Which ones would you not like to hold? Why is that? 
  • So, you think that it is okay to touch some things, but not others? 

There will obviously be differences of opinion amongst the students’ answers.

Step 3. Explain that to make sure that we are all safe

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Student Worksheet

What do you know about solid waste?

Create a quick quiz of 4 questions to give to someone else in the class to answer. Your questions should relate to the issues you covered when creating the Class Safety Code.

 

Question 1.

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Question 2.

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Question 3.

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Question 4.

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