Activity Introduction

clothes-fleece-heroQuick summary: Through class discussion, students will be encouraged to think about some of the major issues associated with solid waste and waste disposal. This includes looking at the four Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Students will then be asked to consider three different types of waste and how these relate to the four Rs.

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Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that we all have a responsibility to reduce the amount of solid waste we produce.
  • Students understand that there are different ways to reduce the amount of waste that we produce.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 3 English:

  • 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)

Year 4 English:

  • Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)

 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 OutcomesGE2-3ST2-11LWEN2-1A, EN2-6B

Topic: Solid Waste

Duration of activity: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead a discussion on waste and recycling.

Resources required: Art materials, computer with internet access.

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

Safety: No special requirements.

Key words: Rubbish, waste, landfill, refuse, reuse, reduce, recycling.

 

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

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Overarching learning goal: Students are asked to participate in a class discussion around some of the major issues associated with solid waste and waste disposal. This includes looking at the four Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Students will then be asked to consider three different types of waste and how these relate to the four Rs: students are asked to use their knowledge of waste (and their imaginations) to suggest ways that waste can be refused, reduced, reused and recycled.

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 t
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How can you use the four Rs?

Look at the following items of waste and think about how they can be:

  • Refused - what can I use instead?
  • Reduced - how can I use less of this item?
  • Reused - how can this item be reused before you get rid of it?
  • Recycled - can this item be recycled?

 

Refuse

Reduce

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Recycle

 

Refuse

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Recycle

 

Refuse

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