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.
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- 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.
Relevant parts of Year 1 achievement standards: Students collect data by asking questions, draw simple data displays and make simple inferences.
Topic: Sustainability, Waste.
Unit of work: Bright Sparks – 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 categories posters (one set to display).
- Data graphing sheet (to display).
- Learning intentions and success criteria display (optional).
Keywords: Recycling, glass, aluminium, steel, plastic, paper, cardboard, landfill, environment, global warming, tally, graph, data.
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