Activity Introduction

Mobile phone.jpgQuick summary: In this activity students identify the benefits of recycling mobile phones. They will develop the understanding and skills necessary to act responsibly and create texts that inform and persuade others to take action for sustainable futures.

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Learning goals:

  • Students understand the role and impact of resource use;
  • Students begin to take responsibility for unwanted resources;
  • Students describes the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones.

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 3 English:

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)
  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue (ACELT1791)

Year 3 Science:

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

Year 4 English:

  • Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)
  • Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

Year 4 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Syllabus OutcomesST2-11LW, EN2-10C, EN2-2A

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week

Time required: 2 – 4 lessons

Resources required:

  1. Fact Sheet: Recycling Mobile Phones
  2. Presentation: Why is it important to recycle phones?
  3. Video: MobileMuster Recycling Program

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, Interactive whiteboard (IWB), Game: Mobile Phone Recycling Picture Sentence Match, online comic creator:

Homework and extension opportunities: Access Hero Creator and students can create their own mobile phone recycling hero

Keywords: Waste, litter, e-waste, mobile phone, consumption, MobileMuster.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Egg Heads.jpgTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts in the form of cartoons. They will learn how to use the text structure, visual and language features of cartoon writing.

Teacher content information: These MobileMuster lessons cover the life cycle of mobile phones and look at issues relating to the materials used in mobile phones, problems associated with re-use and systems for managing and recycling mobile phone waste. It is hoped that the knowledge gained through the MobileMuster learning modules will increase student’s knowledge, engagement, critical thinking and commitment to living in a sustainable society. MobileMuster Teachers Guide.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1: What is the Mobile Muster? 

As a class, watch the video below and use the 'I wonder' sentence stems to direct a class discussion.

MobileMuster Promise Video on Vimeo

  • I wonder why we might need a
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Student Worksheet

Mobile Phone Cartoon

Design your own cartoon that describes the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones. Cartoons usually have a hero, villain or conflict and make a point in a few short scenes. Use the table below to plan your cartoon.


1. Create a storyline. Cartoons usually have a hero, villain or conflict and make a point in a few short scenes. Discuss your ideas for the story in a group. Write down your ideas. You can use dot points to outline the main idea. Is it funny? Does it make sense?

2. Once you have an idea, make a quick sketch.

3. Figure out how many panels are needed for the story and what will be in each panel. Draw in your images, leaving space for text.

4. Add text. The text can be a speech bubble, thought bubble or an exclamation. Thought balloons show when people are thinking in cartoons. Word balloons show where people speak in cartoons. 


5. If desired, colour in the images. Remember goo

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