Quick summary: In this activity students will undertake a litter assessment of their school. Students begin by making predictions about where they will find the most amounts of litter and what types of litter will be found. Students then take a walk around the school and photograph the main litter zones. Using these photos students identify the main litter zones and types of litter at their school and create posters to inform other students on how to reduce litter at their school.
NOTE: Although this activity has been created in support of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program you will not meet the data goals of the program through this activity.
This activity has been created to give younger students – for whom the official litter audit would be too complex – an opportunity to participate in the litter component of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program. To gain accreditation your school will still need to complete the more complex litter audit.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth. OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems. O1.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments. O1.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas(ACSIS233)
Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings (ACMNA005)
Science Year 1
People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
Mathematics Year 1
Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line (ACMNA013)
Choose simple questions and gather responses(ACMSP262)
Geography Year 1
Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI019)
Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)
Science Year 2
Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
Mathematics Year 2
Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000 (ACMNA027)
Hot tips: Don't let student handle litter with their bare hands: always use gloves or tongs.
Student and classroom organisation:
Step 1. Explain to students that in this activity they will be investigating the types of litter that can be found at their school. Students will be walking around the school taking photos of litter and then analysing these photos when back in the classroom.
The first stage of this exercise is to make some predictions about: