Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students map the distribution and composition of litter in the school courtyards and grounds.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that litter can be found to varying degrees in every school.
  • Students recognise that understanding where litter is found and the makeup of this litter can help us in planning to reduce this litter.
  • Students understand that litter has many negative impacts for people and animals in the environment.
  • Students discover that the litter from a school can have impacts far away from the school site.
  • Students recognise that reducing litter can have many benefits for the school community and the environment in general.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Science

  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 7 Geography

  • Analyse geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends and infer relationships (ACHGS051)
  • Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS052)

Year 8 Science

  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Year 8 Geography

  • Analyse geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends and infer relationships (ACHGS059)
  • Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS060)

Syllabus OutcomesGE4-7SC4-5WS, SC4-6WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-9WS

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: several 48 min sessions, plus time for analysis and preparation of presentations.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – assist with setting up and completing the activity.

Resources required: Clip board, plan of the school site including grounds and buildings, computer, student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Safety: Students follow the Class Waste Safety Code.

Keywords: Litter, rubbish, school, map.

 

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 map the distribution and composition of litter in the school courtyards and grounds. Students understand that litter can be found to varying degrees in every school. They recognise that litter has many negative impacts for people and animals in the environment, and can have impacts far away from the school site. Students recognise that reducing litter can have many benefits for the school community and the environment in general.

Teacher content information: Prior to the activity obtain a plan of the school that includes the buildings, courtyards, gardens and sports grounds. 

Student and Classroom organisation:

Step 1. Introduce the activity with a discussion about what the students think about the amount of litter in their school and how it gets there. Explain that in this activity, they will be identifying the 'litter hot spots' in the school and then mapping the distribution and composition of the litter.

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Student Worksheet

Litter key

Use this key to identify what types of litter were found in your section. Add the actual symbol you will use to the relevant column.

Type of litter

Colour

Shape

Actual symbol

Newspaper

 Red

 Dot

Magazine

 Red

 Square

Book

 Red

 Triangle

Sheets of paper

 Red

 Tick

Small pieces of paper

 Red

 Star

Paper bag

 Red

 Cross

Cardboard box

 Red

 Dollar

Paper sandwich wrap

 Blue

 Dot

Plastic drink bottle

 Blue

 Square

Plastic drink bottle lid

 Blue

 Triangle

Paper tissue

 Blue

 Tick

Plastic straw

 Blue

 Star

Plastic lolly wrapper

 Blue

 Cross

Plastic chip packet

 Green

 Dollar

Plastic wrap

 Green

 Dot

Small plastic item

 Green

 Squa

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