Activity Introduction

e-waste-heroQuick summary: This activity encourages students to take action for National Recycling Week at their school and in their community. Students learn about ‘collaborative consumption’, plan a project and put a small collaborative consumption project into action with the goal of creating less waste at school by sharing things with each other, which may include time and skills as well as physical items.

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 the impact of over-consumption on the environment and on society.
  • Students devise a trading/sharing system.
  • Students will rethink the concept of sharing and waste and take action to alter their own consumption habits.

General capabilities: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. 

Time needed: 60+ minutes – this activity can be extended over several sessions.

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.

Key words: National Recycling Week, Resources, Rubbish, Re-using, Recycling, consumption.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

bins-waste-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goals: Students learn about collaborative consumption, plan a project and put a small collaborative consumption project into action with the goal of creating less waste at school by sharing things with each other, which may include time and skills as well as physical items.

Teacher content information: Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 17th year, this highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

Cool Australia Presents Consumption

Hot tip: This activity can be extended over several sessions, and will require time for planning the event, running the event and analysing the success of the event.

Teaching sequence

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Which country is best at recycling?

In groups, you are to design a School Collaborative Consumption Project. The aim is to encourage your school to think about how we can use less stuff. Think outside the box but ensure that the details of your project are aligned with the SMART goal idea: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Bound.

Project Action Plan

Group Members:

Steps

Actions/Decisions

Person Responsible

1. Organise your ideas

Have one group member record the ideas generated, then discuss each one. Reach a consensus on the best idea to pursue. Complete this task as a group.

2. Project Aims

Describe the aims you hope to achieve through this project. Record your aim/s in point form notes. Complete this task as a group.

3. Background Research

Use the Internet to search for case studies similar to your proposed project. 

4. Project Description

What are

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