Quick summary: In this lesson, students will practise data collection and graphing while auditing the recycling habits of their class. They will consider the importance of recycling, the items that can be recycled and discuss ways to improve the recycling habits of the class.
This activity has been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.
- Students will be able to create a column graph using data they have collected
- Students will be able to place recyclables in a suitable bin when disposing of them.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 1 Mathematics:
- Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays (ACMSP263).
Syllabus outcomes: MA1‑1WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-17SP.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Relevant parts of Year 1 achievement standards: Students collect data by asking questions, draw simple data displays and make simple inferences.
Topic: Recycling, Sustainability.
Unit of work: Visy Education – Primary Mathematics.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – some students may require support converting data into a graph.
- Device capable of presenting video to the class
- Classroom bins
- Empty bin or tub to transfer items into while collecting data
- Four pairs of tongs
- Student Worksheet (printed, one per student)
- Recycling Guidelines poster (one set to display)
- Data graphing sheet (to display).
Keywords: Recycling, glass, aluminium, steel, plastic, paper, cardboard, landfill, environment, global warming, tally, graph, data.
The information and statistics included in this document are approximate and have been simplified for educational/illustrative purposes. They should not be relied upon for any other purpose.
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