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.

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 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

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 Science:

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-10LW, ST3-11LWEN3-1A, EN3-2A, EN3-7C

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Assist students with mural.

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

Digital learning opportunities: Use digital sharing capabilities.

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

Safety: Students review safety code if outdoors.

Keywords: Waste, recycling, school, graffiti, mural.


Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.



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.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Explain to your students that you and your students are going to help the whole school think about what they can do about reducing unnecessary waste, including litter, by creating a mural.

Step 2. But before you begin your mural, ask your class to think of as many things as they can that they can all do to reduce waste in the school. Write these ideas on the board.

Step 3. With this list, create a graffiti mural message that includes all the tips that you and your class have thought of. Using a large piece of paper as your graffiti wall, ask your students to graffiti their messages to your graffiti wall. The beauty of graffiti is that it does not need to fit to a particular design, font or format.  It can be as mess

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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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