Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students sort a collection of solid waste items, explaining what they think happens to each item.

Learning goals:

  • Students begin to recognise that different types of waste are disposed of in different ways.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English

  • Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Year 3 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 English

  • Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)

Year 4 Geography

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-3ST2-11LWEN2-1A, EN2-6B

Topic: Solid Waste

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – collect waste materials and manage practical exercise.

Resources required: Sticky notes, pens, butcher’s paper. A basket or box containing samples of a variety of clean household solid waste (for safety reasons, it’s best not to use glass).  Suggested items could include a paper envelope, cardboard box, aluminium can, steel can, plastic cream bottle, plastic milk bottle, milk carton, old t-shirt, carrot, broken toy, old shoe, leaves, branch of tree.  Make sure that there are no sharp edges on any of the items.

Digital learning opportunities: Use digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity does not include opportunities for extension.

Safety: Ensure that the items used in the activity are empty, clean and have no sharp edges.

Key words: Waste, recycling, compost, worms, rubbish.

 

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 goals: Students are asked to sort a collection of solid waste items, explaining what they think happens to each item. Students are asked to record their thoughts about the waste items on the student worksheet and engage in a class discussion around their answers.

Teacher content information: Prior to activity - Collect a range of clean items of solid household waste (for safety reasons, it’s best not to use glass).  Suggested items could include a paper envelope, cardboard box, aluminium can, steel can, plastic cream bottle, plastic milk bottle, milk carton, old t-shirt, carrot, broken toy, old shoe, leaves, branch of tree.  Make sure that there are no sharp edges on any of the items.

Hot tips: Ensure that the items used in the activity are empty, clean and have no sharp edges.

Student and Classroom organisation:

Step 1: Ask the students to sit in a circle on the floor of the classroom or other large area.  This part of the activity can b

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Student Worksheet

Imagine that you wanted to get rid of all the items in the table.  Where would you place each item?

Waste item

Where would you place this item?

Paper envelope

Cardboard box

Aluminium can

Steel can

Plastic cream bottle

Plastic milk bottle

Milk carton

Old t-shirt

Carrot

Broken toy

Old shoe

Leaves

Branch from a tree

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