Quick summary: In this activity students map the distribution and composition of litter in the school courtyards and grounds. Students work in groups to count the number of litter items across the school. Groups then come together to compile their information to create a complete picture of litter at your school.
Completing this litter audit gathers the baseline litter data for the school. This audit activity should be conducted again after some litter reduction activities have been put in place in the school, so that changes in the amount and location of litter can be measured and reported on.
This lesson can be used when working on the Waste Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification. By completing this lesson you will have completed the following actions:
Waste Checklist Compulsory Actions:
- A1 – Have you undertaken litter assessments at your school?
- A1 – Has this data been entered as your baseline, and any anomalies explained?
Checklist data goals:
- No official data goal.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.5 – World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Science Year 7
Geography Year 7
Mathematics Year 7
Science Year 8
Geography Year 8
Mathematics Year 8
Geography Year 9
Geography Year 10
Connecting lessons: Waste audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Map of the school grounds, student worksheet, clip board (if using printed copies of worksheet), camera/smart phone or iPad for photographing litter.
Optional: bag or bin for collecting the litter items to put into a rubbish or recycling bin.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Litter, school, waste, rubbish, organic waste, recyclable waste.
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