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.
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:
- A1.1 – Have you undertaken litter assessments at your school?
- A1.3 – 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.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems. 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. 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
Geography Year 5
Mathematics Year 5
|Science Year 5|
Geography Year 6
Mathematics Year 6
Science Year 6
Syllabus Outcomes: GE3-4, ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS, MA3-10MG, MA3-18SP, MA3-9MG, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑2WM, MA3‑3WM.
Connecting lessons: Waste audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Map or plan of the school grounds, student worksheet, clip board (if using printed copies of worksheet).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Litter, school, waste, rubbish, organic waste, recyclable waste.
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