Introduction Units of work involving the environment enable your students to immediately apply their learning in the real world, giving them greater motivation and opportunities to excel.  You should find that the curriculum materials are designed to meet a wide range of educational needs throughout Australia including: 1.     Australian Cu... Read more »

Prior Learning

Prior learning activities enable students to value what they already know about a topic. While they establish what students already know, they also help the teacher to identify some of their misconceptions. Prior learning activities can be used as the start of the assessment process.

  1. From start to finish – the life of a piece of waste
    From start to finish – the life of a piece of waste

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Back to Earth – Waste and Landfill – 7 & 8
    Back to Earth – Waste and Landfill – 7 & 8
  2. Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
    Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
  3. Be safe with waste – Year 7 & 8
    Be safe with waste – Year 7 & 8

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Back to Earth – Green Waste Cycle – 7 & 8
    Back to Earth – Green Waste Cycle – 7 & 8
  2. How many bags?
    How many bags?
  3. Bag breakdown
    Bag breakdown
  4. Don’t waste it – Year 7 & 8
    Don’t waste it – Year 7 & 8
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  9. Mapping the litter in our school
    Mapping the litter in our school

Drawing Conclusions

Students are provided with activities that help them further develop their ideas and opinions. T hey describe issues from different perspectives. They identify, examine and justify different points of view.

  1. Down with waste home challenge
    Down with waste home challenge

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Back to Earth – Green Waste Action Planning – 7 & 8
    Back to Earth – Green Waste Action Planning – 7 & 8
  2. A litter free school
    A litter free school

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
    Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
  2. Sample Rubric
    Sample Rubric