Activity Introduction

Mobile phone.jpgQuick summary: In this lesson students will learn about the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones and printer cartridges. Playing the Recycle Rescue game they will see how fast they can rescue the old mobiles and printer cartridges from going to waste by recycling them in the correct collection bin. Students will research key questions about recycling and the impact electronic waste has on the environment.

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 role and impact of resource use;
  • Students begin to take responsibility for unwanted resources;
  • Students research the concept of product stewardship.

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capabilities.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Science

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)

Year 8 Science

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-11PW, SC4-12ES.

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week, Cartridges, Resource Recovery

Time required: 1 lesson

Resources required: Recycle Rescue. This can be downloaded as an app in the Google Play or Apple Store.

Additional resources:  

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities

Keywords: Waste, litter, e-waste, mobile phones, printer cartridges, 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: In this lesson, students will play the Recycle Rescue online game. They will learn that by recycling their mobiles and printer cartridges, they not only make their waste pile smaller, but they also reduce the consumption of natural resources.

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.

Student and classroom organisation

Step 1:  Begin the lesson with a class discussion about whether students own a mobile phone and / or a home printer.  The discussion could address some of the following issues: 

  • How many mobile phones and printers do they h
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Student Worksheet

mobile-phones-photoframe-1Thought Starter: How do I rescue my old mobile phone?

Your mobile phone has stopped working. You depend on your mobile to stay in contact with friends and family. You need to decide whether to have your old mobile repaired, buy a new mobile phone and recycle the broken one or use an older mobile phone and keep the broken one.  

Which four of the following things are important when you are making your decision? Write your criteria in the table below.

  • I want a low cost option
  • I want a quick solution
  • I want to have the latest technology
  • I want a sustainable solution
  • I want a long term solution
  • I want to recycle my waste
  • I want low future costs
  • I want to reduce my waste

 

Rank your criteria to the choices below. Ranking criteria: 3 = Best, 2 = Medium, 1 = Worst. 

  CHOICES
CRITERIA Repair Model Recycle and buy new Use old and keep broken
Total Rankings

 

Explain your choice in a couple of sen

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