Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students visit waste disposal stations around the school and use a PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) tool to investigate how different types of waste are dealt with in the classroom and around the school.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that there are many different types of waste produced in a school.
  • Students discover that there are a number of different ways that waste is dealt with at their school.
  • Students identify ways that waste disposal methods could be improved at their school.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 3 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 Science

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)
  • Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS068)

Year 4 Geography

  • The sustainable management of waste from production and consumption (ACHGK025)

Syllabus outcomesST2-11LW, ST2-4WS.

Topic: Solid waste

Time required: 2 x 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding:

Resources required: Low – lead students on school-wide waste tour

Digital technology opportunities: Use digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework.

Key words: Waste disposal methods, school, classroom, recycling, PMI.

 

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goals: In this activity students visit waste disposal stations around the school and use a PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) tool to investigate how different types of waste are dealt with in the classroom and around the school. Students are asked to think about how these waste disposal methods could be improved and to communicate their recommendations to the class.

Hot tips: This activity could be carried out over two sessions, the first session being used to visit the waste disposal stations and the second session to communicate suggestions on how to improve waste disposal at your school.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by explaining to students that the way that we sort and get rid of waste can be called 'waste disposal methods'. What are some of the waste disposal methods that your students already know about? Answers may include:

  • Recycling
  • Worm bin
  • Compost
  • Rubbish

Step 2. Discuss with your students

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Student Worksheet

What's happening with waste disposal in your classroom and around your school? Write your opinions about what's happening with waste at your school on the table below.

Waste disposal methods

PLUS

MINUS

INTERESTING

Our classroom   

Paper recycling boxes

 

 

 

Paper reuse boxes

 

 

 

Plastic bottle recycling containers

 

 

 

Rubbish bin

 

 

 

Container for collecting food scraps

 

 

 

Other classrooms   

Paper recycling boxes

 

 

 

Paper reuse boxes

 

 

 

Plastic bottle recycling containers

 

 

 

Rubbish bin

 

 

 

Container for collecting food scraps

 

 

 

Waste disposal methods around the school   

Paper recycling bins or skips

 

 

 

Charity clothing bins

 

 

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