In this lesson students will reflect on their learning across this unit, reinforcing the ideas and topics covered, revisiting topics and uncovering any gaps in understanding. Students will then take on the roles of reporters for a nightly news program, researching, writing and presenting their findings on various aspects of the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), recycling and environmentalism.
This lesson is intended as a capstone assessment to the Australasian Recycling Label. It is a great opportunity for students to undertake social action and influence their school and wider community. It is also a fantastic creative demonstration of their learning and a useful piece of assessment for teachers to evaluate towards the end of the term.
This lesson has been developed as part of Planet Ark’s campaign around the Australasian Recycling Label and sustainable packaging. You can get involved during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week or at any time during the school year and join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. If you use any of these lessons, we highly recommend you submit an entry for the School’s Recycle Right Challenge in Term 4 and enter in the draw to win amazing prizes for your school!
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ARL, recycling and sustainability concepts
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
- Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703)
Year 6 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714 )
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713 )
Year 5 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)
Year 6 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
General capabilities: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students listen and ask questions to clarify content. They use language features to show how ideas can be extended. Students develop and explain a point of view about a text, selecting information, ideas and images from a range of resources. They create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences. Students make presentations which include multimodal elements for defined purposes. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, taking into account other perspectives.
Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students listen to discussions, clarifying content and challenging others’ ideas. They understand how language features and language patterns can be used for emphasis. Students show how specific details can be used to support a point of view. They explain how their choices of language features and images are used. Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students discuss how scientific developments have affected people’s lives, help us solve problems and how science knowledge develops from many people’s contributions.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions and identify historical contributions.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Australasian Recycling Label.
Time required: 120+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – support students with research, writing, ICT, and social skills as students work independently to create content and deliver presentations.
- A block coloured backdrop, preferably green, although a curtain or wall will suffice so long as it is one complete colour and flat
- Costumes or props for filming – optional
- A device capable of presenting a video to the class
- A device capable of recording video.
- A green screen app such as Do Ink uploaded to devices
Keywords: Planet Ark, Australasian Recycling Label, ARL, sustainability, sustainable packaging, recycling, reduce, re-use, waste, plastic, packaging, wrapping, litter, green-screen, assessment, communication, technology.
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