Activity Introduction

Quick summary: The activity challenges the students to draw together all that they have learned about litter in the unit and communicate about cutting litter to others in the school or the local community.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that litter is unsightly, expensive to clean up, pollutes water ways and can harm people and animals. 
  • Students learn that there are many ways that we can communicate to others about the benefits of not littering.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 English:

  • 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)
  • Use a range of software including word processing programs with fluency to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1707)

Year 5 Science:

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

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)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1717)

Year 6 Science:

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Syllabus OutcomesEN3-1A, EN3-2AST3-6PW, ST3-4WS

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: Several classes of 48 mins each.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate the process.

Resources required: Depending on the communication medium chosen by the students: art materials, computer with internet access, camera, movie camera.

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Litter, school, community, waste, communication.

 

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: The activity challenges the students to draw together all that they have learned about litter in the unit and communicate about cutting litter to others in the school or the local community.

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Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Explain to your students that litter is unsightly, expensive to clean up, pollutes water ways and can harm people and animals. In this activity your students are challenged to communicate the harm caused by littering to other people in the school or the local community.

Step 2. Break class into small groups and ask each group to design and make a communication product. The following steps may help them to do this (these steps are also available on the student worksheet):

1. Choose your audience - Teachers, students, families or the general community.

2. Choose your message - What aspect of littering do you wish to communicate?

3. Choose

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Student Worksheet

Some suggestions for creating your waste communication product

 

Step 1. Choose your audience - Teachers, students, families or the general community.

Step 2. Choose your message - What aspect of littering do you wish to communicate?

Step 3. Choose your way of communicating - There are many ways of doing this. Some of these are:

  • Draw a poster.
  • Make small signs prompting students and teachers to not litter.
  • Draw a banner.
  • Paint a mural on a wall of a school building (with permission, of course)
  • Write a song, story or poem.
  • Create sculptures or other crafts from litter (using clean and safe items only).
  • Write a play and perform it at school assembly.
  • Write an article for the school newsletter or the school website.
  • Give a short talk at assembly.
  • Write an article for the local paper.
  • Make badges with anti-littering messages.
  • Make a presentation (stills or movie) for to use when inducting new students or showing to visitors.
  • Speak on local radio about your concerns about
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