Activity Introduction

mobile phone compotents heroQuick summary: In this lesson, students will think about waste and recycling from the perspective of a piece of garbage. They will cement their knowledge and understanding by completing creative and responsive tasks.

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 problem of over-consumption
  • Students understand the importance of recycling and re-use
  • Students respond to texts
  • Students create texts to demonstrate their understanding

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

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 3 English:

  • Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others (ACELT1596)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Year 4 English

  • Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view (ACELT1603)

Syllabus OutcomesEN2-11DST2-11LW.

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet, a copy of Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray (2005, Kane/Miller) OR images from the book to copy or display. If this book is not available, one of the many children’s books about recycled and re-used rubbish will work as a substitute. Some ideas are:

  • Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers. By Lauren Child and Bridget Hurst (2009, Dial)
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling.By Alison Inches and Pete Whitehead (2009, Little Simon)
  • The Cardboard Box Book. By Roger Priddy (2014, Pan Macmillan)

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

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

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What you will need: A3 paper for posters (one per group). One copied worksheet per student OR students can work from the online Student Worksheet. Students should be advised prior to the lesson to bring their own drawing and colouring materials (no paints).

A copy of Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray (2005, Kane/Miller) OR images from the book to copy or display. If this book is not available, one of the many children’s books about recycled and re-used rubbish will work as a substitute. Some ideas are:

  • Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers. By Lauren Child and Bridget Hurst (2009, Dial)
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches and Pete Whitehead (2009, Little Simon)
  • The Cardboard Box Book. By Roger Priddy (2014, Pan Macmillan)

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 hi

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where does all our waste come from?

We waste a lot of stuff in our world! We should think carefully before dumping things we don’t want anymore, and try to recycle or re-use them.

Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear is a story is about Dougal, a teddy bear who is left in the rain and then thrown into the garbage. Things change for Dougal when he is found at the garbage dump and gets the chance to have a new life.

Read this book or another good news story about recycling chosen by your teacher, then write a review of the book in the spaces below. Under the subheadings, write the details of the book and what you think about the words, the pictures and the message.

Good news book review

Title

Author

Year published

I think that the best line in this book is...

because...

The message of this book is...

because...

I think that the best picture in this book is...

because...

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