Activity Introduction

landfill2Quick summary: Students begin to appreciate the resources that can be recovered from mobile phones. Students will interpret data from the MobileMuster program and undertake purposeful investigations when interpreting and analysing the data.

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Learning goals:

  • Students understand the role and impact of resource use;
  • Students begin to take responsibility for unwanted resources;
  • Students will rethink the concept of waste and brainstorm ways to ‘close the loop’.

General Capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science:

  • Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE081)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
  • Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088)

Year 5 Mathematics:

  • Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
  • Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119)
  • Describe and interpret different data sets in context(ACMSP120)

Year 6 Science:

  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097)
  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
  • Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE098)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS105)

Year 6 Mathematics:

  • Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
  • Interpret secondary data presented in digital media and elsewhere (ACMSP148)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-4WS, ST3-6PWMA3-18SP, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑3WM

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week

Time required: 2 – 4 lessons

Resources required: Factsheet ‘End products of recycling’

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, MobileMuster Resource Recovery Calculator,  Interactive whiteboard (IWB).

Homework and extension opportunities: Using the MobileMuster Resource Recovery Calculator students can calculate the number of mobile phones that would need to be recycled to create some of the everyday items that they use at school or home. 

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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students begin to appreciate the resources that can be recovered from mobile phones. Students will interpret data from the MobileMuster program and undertake purposeful investigations when interpreting and analysing the data.

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. Watch the MobileMuster Recycling Program video and ask the students to keep a record of what products are made out of old mobile phones. Then get students to complete the 'I used to think, but now I t

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What products can be made out of old mobile phones? 

Mobile Muster - The Promise - http://vimeo.com/45805109

Watch the video and read the Factsheet: End products of recycling. Reflect on how your thinking has changed by completing the table below.

I used to think…

But now I think…

 

Mobile Maths

Use the MobileMuster Resource Recovery Calculator to work out the following calculations. 

Resources Recovered

Answers

1. How much plastic is recovered for every 1000kg mobiles recycled?

2. How much gold is recovered for every 1000kg mobiles recycled? 

3. How much silver is recovered for every 1000kg mobiles recycled? 

4. How much copper is recovered for every 1000kg mobiles recycled? 

 
 

Environmental Benefits 

Answers

1. How many less cars on the road can we save by recycling 1000kg of mobiles?

2. How many CO2 emissions can we

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