Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students will design and build web pages for your school’s website. These will outline your school’s waste management system, provide interesting information about waste and the environment, and give tips for people in your school community to cut waste.

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 9 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)

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)

Year 10 English

  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776) 

Syllabus OutcomesGE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-8EN5-1A, EN5-2A.

Topic: Solid waste

Time required: 2 x 60 min sessions

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, access to school IT coordinator and school IT information.

Digital technology opportunities: Web page creation, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Waste, recycling, school, web page.

 

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: In this activity students will design and build web pages for your school's website. These will outline your school’s waste management system, provide interesting information about waste and the environment, and give tips for people in your school community to cut waste.

Hot tips: Prior to conducting this activity contact your school IT coordinator and obtain permission to build the web pages. If you are given approval you will probably also need to find out what software package to use and any other school web requirements (e.g. your school may have a web style guide).

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Explain to students that in this activity they will be creating a website or web pages on waste minimisation and management at their school. Why would waste management information for your school be useful?

Suggested answers:

  • Many secondary schools produce large quantities of waste (without a well organised recycling and
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Student Worksheet

Conducting your research

Before you build your web pages you will then need to conduct research about your school’s waste program, including:

1. How much rubbish does your school dispose of through skips and rubbish bins?

 

2. What materials are recycled in the school (paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium cans, toner cartridges, corks, mobile phones) and what quantities of each material are recycled?

 

3. What materials are re-used in the school (e.g. paper)?

 

4. What happens to organics materials in school - waste and garden waste (mulch, compost, worm farms or sent away for green waste processing) - and what quantities of each type of organic material are processed?

 

5. A breakdown of the percent of waste materials in the school that are re-used, recycled, composted (or mulched or worm composted) or sent as rubbish to landfill.

 

6. The collection systems school - collection bins in classrooms, in the schoolyard and in administration areas (types of contain

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