Activity Introduction

sorting-waste-heroQuick summary: Students review the waste management system in the school, develop a plan to cut the amount of solid waste in the school and develop another plan to reduce the amount of paper used by the school that is generated as waste.

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Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that everyone in the school produces solid waste, and the school is already taking steps to reduce this, but there are steps the school community can all take to cut this waste even further.
  • Students understand that a waste management system includes the containers in the school used to collect different types of waste and the processes used to deal with them.
  • Students understand that a school uses large quantities of paper but through the 4Rs of Refusing, Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, can drastically cut this usage.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 9 Geography

  • The effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (ACHGK068)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS070)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071) 

Year 10 Geography

  • The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080)

Syllabus OutcomesGE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-8.

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: several 60 min sessions

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – direct activity.

Resources required: Art materials, computer with internet access.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Safety: No special requirements.

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

 

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

boy-waste-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students review the waste management system in the school, develop a plan to cut the amount of solid waste in the school and develop another plan to reduce the amount of paper used by the school that is generated as waste.

Hot tip: You and your students can choose to do one or both of these activities. Each activity will require 1 x 48 min session.

Student and classroom organisation

Activity 1. Prepare a plan to improve the waste management system in the school

Step 1. Review what is meant by a waste management system (ask students to undertake research online to find out the answer if unsure). Explain to the students that they will make recommendations to the school about improving the school’s waste management system.

Step 2. Ask students to look at the following different types of waste and ask them how they think each type of waste is dealt with at their school (students could use research into school waste streams from a previou

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