Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students look at how different types of waste are recycled. Students begin the activity by exploring the properties of a range of waste items and then go on to investigate how aluminium cans are recycled by looking at how the processes and stages involved with can recycling.

NRW Logo 2012-10-00 LgeThis lesson has been developed as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and to receive other free support materials.

 

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that waste items contain a variety of materials.
  • Students learn that waste materials need to be sorted so the materials can be recycled (or composted) and only the real rubbish will go to landfill.
  • Students recognise the stages and processes involved with aluminium can recycling.
  • Students discover that the application of heats melts some materials.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 3 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

Syllabus OutcomesST2-11LW, ST2-4WS, ST2-12MWEN2-2A

Topic: National Recycling Week

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – will need to help students interpret the aluminium and second manufacturing recycling video. 

Resources required: Clean waste materials for students to handle, such as plastic bottles and tubs, aluminium cans, and glass bottles or jars (it will be useful for this activity to ensure that there is at least one item made from aluminium, however make sure there are no sharp edges on cans or tins). Access to student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Responding to videos, digital sharing capabilities.

There’s an app for that: iRecycle - iRecycle provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension or homework.

Keywords: Rubbish, reuse, recycle, waste, compost, aluminium, steel, glass, plastic, code, solid, liquid, melt, molten, temperature.

 

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

These Planet Ark resources were developed by Cool Australia with funding from the Alcoa Foundation.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goals: In this activity students look at how different types of waste are recycled. Students begin the activity by exploring the properties of a range of waste items and then go on to investigate how aluminium cans are recycled by looking at how the processes and stages involved with can recycling.

Teacher content information: Waste must be managed to maintain a clean and healthy environment. The materials that went into producing the waste required resources to manufacture or grow them. Some of these resources are renewable and some are non-renewable. Non-renewable resources like metals, oil and coal exist in finite quantities in the Earths crust and once we have used them they can't be replenished. This is why we need to 'close the loop' and recycle. 

There are many things we can do as consumers  to reduce the amount of resources we use. When it comes to waste we often refer to this as the 3Rs plus a C (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - the C stand

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Student Worksheet

What does our school do with waste?

Watch the following video about managing waste at school:

Upper Primary School Students Managing Waste - Video 4 from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Step 1: Fill in the table. Add any other waste your school produces.

Waste

Materials it can be
made from 

What do we do with it
at our school? 

Paper

Cans

Food scraps

Plastic bags

Cardboard

Bottles

Plastic containers

Fruit juice boxes

Garden waste

Printer cartridges

 

Step 2: Recycling in factories

Video of the aluminium can cycle:

The Aluminium Cycle - Video 2 from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

Make a labelled diagram of how aluminium cans are recycled starting with a can in a shop and finishing with a can back in the shop. Use the ‘Aluminium Cycle' and 'Aluminium Fact Sheet’ to help you. Think about the processes that occur at each stag

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