Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students investigate the meanings of renewable and non-renewable resources, and look at the role of recycling for these resources. As a class students create a survey to find out what ideas for improving the school’s waste management system other students and staff have for your school. Finally students should create a plan for improving the school’s waste management system.

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 identify reversible processes of materials and distinguish between renewable, non-renewable and recycling.
  • Students understand that different people from the same school have different opinions about our environment and how it should be managed.
  • Students take responsibility for deciding on a plan to improve the school’s environment.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 6 Geography:

  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI132)

Year 6 English:

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)

Syllabus OutcomesGE3-2, GE3-4EN3-1A

Topic: National Recycling Week

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Once students start brainstorming it is hard for them to stop. Insist that once they have decided on what they want to do not to get side tracked by ideas that are no longer relevant.

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.

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

Keywords: Renewable, non-renewable, resources, sustainable, recycling, manufacturing, invention.

 

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 investigate the meanings of renewable and non-renewable resources, and look at the role of recycling for these resources. As a class students create a survey to find out what ideas for improving the school's environment other students and staff have for your school and make a plan for improving the school's environment.

Teacher content information: Waste must be managed to maintain a clean and healthy environment. The materials that went into producing the waste require resources. Some resources are extracted once from the ground, other resources can be harvested or are constantly recycled. There are many things we can do as consumers of resources to reduce the amount of resources we use. When it comes to waste we often refer to this as the 3Rs plus C (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - the C stands for Compost). Year 6 students are the school leaders and should be expected to process everyday problems and find soluti

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Student Worksheet

Non-renewable resources - aluminium

Watch the following video on the aluminium cycle and answer the questions below (you may need to use the Internet to help your research):

The Aluminium Cycle - Video 2 http://vimeo.com/75277529

What is the raw material that aluminium is made from?

 

How is the raw material turned into aluminium?

 

Why is aluminium a non-renewable resource? Discuss and then explain.

What are other examples of other non-renewable resources?

In your opinion, what role does recycling play in non-renewable resources?

 

Renewable resources - timber

View the first three and a half minutes of the following video about timber in New South Wales and answer the questions below (you may need to use the Internet to help your research)::

Introduction to Private Native Forestry in New South Wales Australia from Peter Hill http://vimeo.com/peterwhill/pnfintro.

What products are made from timber?

 

Why are trees a renewable resource? Discuss and explai

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