Quick summary: In this lesson students explore the concept of the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and how it applies to waste. Students begin by working as a class to define the 4Rs, and then work in teams to brainstorm examples of each of the 4Rs. Finally, students explore how they can apply the 4Rs to their own lives.
- Students understand what is meant by the 4Rs.
- Students understand the actions they can take to address the 4Rs.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 4 HASS
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE2-2, GE2-3.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Time required: 45 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate activity.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Butchers’ paper, Blu Tac, felt markers. OPTIONAL – Device capable of presenting a video to the class.
Keywords: 4Rs, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, waste.
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