Activity Introduction

tin-can-polaroidQuick summary: Students will learn about recycling, separating rubbish and how we can use re-use items rather than put them in the waste bin! Students will understand the importance of reducing landfill waste and explore ways in which we can be creative and re-use items. They create a new product out of some school yard waste and design a TV advert for their new product. 

clean up logoFollowing this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Clean Up Day. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

Learning goals for this activity include: 

  • Students develop a sense of responsibility around the waste that they produce.
  • Students identify different ways that waste can be recycled and reused

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

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)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Year 4 Geography

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-3ST2-11LW, ST2-4WSEN2-6B

Time needed: 120 minutes, plus extra time for students to collaboratively create a TV advert. 

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium

Resources needed: A range of packaging items, scissors, glue, paint, string etc, filming equipment if you want to record the students presentations.

Digital technology opportunities: Tablets (iPads) for recording.

Assumed prior learning: Functional knowledge of the school’s waste system.

Key words: Waste, recycling, resource, rubbish, landfill, contamination. 

Safety: Ask students to create some rules for working with litter. Students should wear rubber gloves and/or tongs when collecting and handling litter.

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

cans-supermarket-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goals:

  • Students develop a sense of responsibility around the waste that they produce.
  • Students build an understanding of the benefits of recycling.
  • Students discover new ways that waste items can be reused.

Teacher content information: Recycling and reusing rubbish is the best way in which we can reduce landfill waste and conserve resources. It provides a way to manage solid waste while reducing pollution, conserving energy, creating jobs and building more competitive manufacturing industries.

Natural resources simply will not last forever. In Australia there are 20 billion fewer trees than when Europeans first settled here in 1788. Paper accounts for a large part of rubbish found in Australia. Paper rubbish is not only unsightly in the environment, but it can also be very harmful to animals and marine life, as can other forms of rubbish such as plastic and glass.

So, why is recycling important?

  • Waste that is recycled can save a l
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Student Worksheet

See, Think, Wonder...

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What do you SEE in the picture... 

What does it make you THINK...

What does it make you WONDER...     

What can I recycle and what can I reuse?

Think of ways in which you could reuse the following items?

Item 

 How to reuse...

Milk Carton 

Plastic Straw 

Cardboard box 

Chip packet

Old computer 

This activity sheet 

 

What are four benefits of recycling?

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Circle the items  below which are NOT recyclable:

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