Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. In this lesson students look at the relationship between resources and waste. They then look at different types of waste and the time frame they take to decompose. Students are asked to order a selection of waste materials into the time it takes for them to break down. In the closing activity, they will act as archaeologists undertaking a dig of a kitchen 100 years in the future and are asked to describe the condition of the items that they find.
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme ‘Re-imagining Resources’.
- What are some different types of waste?
- What is waste breakdown?
- How long does it take for waste to break down?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
- Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
- Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE013)
- Participate in guided investigations and make observations using the senses (ACSIS011)
Year 1 Science
- Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
- Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
- Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
Year 2 Science
- Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
- Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS038)
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)
Relevant parts of Foundation Science achievement standards: Students describe the properties and behaviour of familiar objects, and suggest how the environment effects them and other living things. Students share and reflect on observations, and ask and respond to questions about familiar objects.
Relevant parts of Year 1 Science achievement standards: Students describe the effects of interacting with materials and objects, and respond to questions, make predictions, and participate in guided investigations of everyday phenomena.
Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students identify that certain materials and resources have different uses, and pose and respond to questions about their experiences and predict outcomes of investigations.
Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Unit of work: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – F to 2.
Time required: 60 mins.
Resources required: Waste breakdown Flashcards, drawing materials or modeling clay.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Litter, waste, breakdown, decomposition, resources.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.