Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students make a chart with all the waste the produce in one day. Each student sticks all their waste to a large piece of butchers paper, adding up all their waste at the end of the day.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that we all produce solid waste which has to be collected and sent somewhere (i.e., disposed).
  • Students recognise that we all make different types of waste.
  • Students recognise that different types of waste go into different bins.

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)

Year 1 Mathematics:

  • Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays (ACMSP263)

Year 1 Science:

  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS027)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)
  • 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:

  • 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 Mathematics:

  • Collect, check and classify data (ACMSP049)
  • Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them (ACMSP050)

Year 2 Science:

  • 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)
  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables(ACSIS040)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-9ES, ST1-4WSEN1-2AMA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-17SP.

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: Conducted over a full day.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate activity.

Resources required: Felt pens, sheet of butcher’s paper, sticky tape.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Safety: Students follow usual classroom hygiene routines after handling food.

Keyword: Waste, students, one day.

 

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 make a chart with all the waste the produce in one day. Each student sticks all their waste to a large piece of butchers paper, adding up all their waste at the end of the day.

Hot tips:

  • This activity should will work best if carried out over the course of a day.
  • Students follow usual classroom hygiene routines after handling food.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. At the start of the day, review with the students what they understand by waste (e.g. stuff we no longer want or need). Then ask them what they would do if they had some waste that they wanted to get rid of, such as a piece of paper, an apple core, some pencil shavings or a piece of sticky tape, etc. How much rubbish does one person make in a day? Discuss how we could find this out (e.g. record what each person puts in the bin for a whole day).

Step 2. Explain to your students that instead of putting their waste in the bin, today you want them to

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Student Worksheet

 Same waste collection sheet

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