Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students create a class mural for their school that features informative but easy tips on what we can all do to reduce waste.

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Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in the Garage Sale Trail. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Don’t forget to register! 

 

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that we can communicate simple waste messages in fun and creative ways.

Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions:

Year 5 English:

  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 5 Visual Arts:

  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)

Year 6 English:

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience(ACELY1714)

Year 6 Visual Arts:

  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-7C, EN3-1A, EN3-2A, VAS3.1, VAS3.2.

Time required: 50-60 mins

Resources required: Large mural site or paper covered wall, arts materials.

Safety: Students review safety code if outdoors.

Keywords: Garage Sale Trail, waste, recycling, school, graffiti, mural, art 

 

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: Students create a class mural for their school that features informative but easy tips on what we can all do to reduce waste.

Hot tips: Students review safety code if outdoors.

Teacher content information:

The Garage Sale Trail  is a national day of simultaneous garage sales that’s about making sustainability fun and creative! By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day, the event aims to enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity,  stimulating local economies, promote the reuse of materials and keep stuff out of landfill.  

The  Garage Sale Trail   is a not-for-profit organisation that works with local and state governments, schools and community groups to inspire social and environmental change.  Absolutely everyone can get involved - buyers, sellers, makers and creators.  People can register a solo sale or form a group sale in their area.  Last y

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Student Worksheet

But is it art? - Answer the following questions about the mural and your experience in helping to create it?

1. Did you enjoy the experience of creating this mural? Why or why not?

 

 

2. Do you think the mural clearly shares its environmental message? Why or why not? If not, how could it be improved?

 

3. Do you think that art is a good way to spread a positive message about our environment? Why or why not? 

 

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