Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students brainstorm waste management issues in their classroom and develop a plan to cut the amount of solid waste in their classroom.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that we all produce solid waste, but there are steps we can all take to cut this waste. 

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)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

Year 3 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)

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 OutcomesGE2-3ST2-11LWEN2-2A, EN2-6B

Topic: Solid waste

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – direct activity.

Resources required: Art materials, computer with internet access, coloured sticky dots.

Digital technology opportunities: Use digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Waste, classroom, action plan, recycling.

 

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 assess current waste management practices in their classroom and brainstorm ways to improve these practices. They are then asked to create an action plan for carrying out these ideas.

Hot tips: You could repeat this activity with energy and water use in the classroom.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by writing the following headings on the board or one sheets of butcher's paper:

  • Lunchbox waste
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics and cans
  • Other solid waste

How well do students think their class is going at cutting down on solid waste in the classroom? Ask students to give their score out of 10 for the four headings on the board, using what they already know about the amounts of waste that is produced, recycled and thrown away by the class.

Step 2. Looking at the scores on the board, break the class into groups and ask each group to brainstorm three suggestions on how to imp

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Student Worksheet

What can we do about waste in the classroom?

Action

Things to do

What we need

Cost

Who will do it

When it should be done

       
         
         
       
         
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