Quick summary: Students will play the online RecycleRescue game to stimulate discussion about the benefits of recycling. Students will then complete a creative narrative writing task based on stimulus material which includes reference to mobile phones, printer cartridges and recycling bins. This writing task provides students with an opportunity to be imaginative and to further develop their own writing ‘voice’.
This lesson has been developed as part of the Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week and also supports the Cartridges4PlanetArk program, which collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling – therefore keeping them out of landfill. This lesson can be run at anytime though the year or can be run as part of Recycling Week (in November each year). Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and to receive other free support materials.
Learning goals: This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It features a narrative writing task that requires students to use their imagination to expand on a variety of stimulus material provided in the form of text and images.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 English
- Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612).
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capabilities.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.7, OI.9
Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week
Unit of lessons: National Recycling week
Time required: 60 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, Recycle Rescue app and a device (smartphone, iPad, computer or laptop) for students to play the game – either individually or in pairs, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), Pen and paper for story writing.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities
Keywords: Waste, litter, recycling, e-waste, mobile phones, printer cartridges, consumption
* This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators, ACARA, but is designed to provide practice for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.