Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore ways that they can cut the waste in their classroom by looking at the waste that they produce and then proposing solutions for reducing the waste through either recycling, composting or bringing less waste into the classroom.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that we can reduce our classroom waste with a few simple strategies.
  • Students recognise that they can be personally responsible for reducing the amount of waste they create.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 1 English

  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)
  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)
  • Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Year 1 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 2 English

  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)
  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670)
  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Year 2 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-11LW, ST1-9ES, ST1-4WSEN1-1A, EN1-2A, EN1-4A

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate activity.

Resources required: Art materials, pens, pencils, paper, worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Safety: Students follow class safety code.

Keywords: Waste, containers, bins, recycling, school, classroom.

 

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: Students explore ways that they can cut the waste in their classroom by looking at the waste that they produce and then proposing solutions for reducing the waste through either recycling, composting or bringing less waste into the classroom.

See what other schools are doing by exploring a case study here.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking students to share why they think we should try to reduce the amount of waste that we make. For example, litter in our environment can harm the plants and animals that live there. Or, by not recycling paper where we can we are cutting down more trees to make paper than we need to. List these reasons on the board.

Step 2. Ask students to think about all the types of waste that are created in the classroom. List these on the board. These could include:

  • Paper
  • Old pens and pencils
  • Food wrappers and packaging
  • Food scraps
  • Drink containers
  • Plastic bags
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Student Worksheet

Quick waste quiz - How can we cut down on waste in our classroom?

Question 1. List two types of waste that we might find in the rubbish bin in our classroom:

Waste 1.

Waste 2.

 

Question 2. What can we do to reduce these types of waste?

Waste 1.

Waste 2.

 

Question 3. I will personally try to reduce the waste I make in the classroom by:

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