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.
- 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 outcomes: ST2-11LW, 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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