Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity has been designed to encourage your students to think more deeply about solid waste and how we dispose of it. The first part of the activity is based around a class discussion. In the second part of the activity, the students will try to place different types of solid waste into the correct bins (worksheets provided).

Learning goals: 

  • Students develop a sense of responsibility around the waste that they produce.
  • Students identify different types of waste disposal methods and the reasons for them.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

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)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Year 4 Geography

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

Syllabus Outcomes: GE2-3ST2-11LW, ST2-4WSEN2-6B

Topic: Waste

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – leads discussion and directs activity.

Resources required: Pens, scissors, glue, printouts of worksheets for each student or group (Types of waste and Types of waste disposal), Why waste it – answers, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: waste, disposal, recycling, compost, worm bin, 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 goal: In this activity students are encouraged to think more deeply about solid waste and how we dispose of it. In the first part of the activity students explore the ways that we talk about waste, and in the second part of the activity students explore all the ways we dispose of waste using the worksheets provided.

Hot tips: Can you think of any other ways to get rid of waste, other than what's on the worksheets? Ask students to incorporate this into the activity.

Student and classroom organisation

Download the worksheets for this activity: Types of waste disposal and Types of waste.

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking students for a word or phrase that means 'get rid of'. Share suggestions on the board. Answers could include: dispose, chuck out, throw away.

Step 2. Ask students for some other words that mean 'waste'. Again share suggestions on the board. Answers could include: garbage, rubbish, detritus, refuse, junk, trash, litter.

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Student Worksheet

 What do you think about where we put our waste?

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