Quick summary: In this lesson, students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling and waste across the school.
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 use arrays to find the approximate amount of recycled material that could be recovered by their class each week
- Students will understand which materials can be recycled.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 2 Mathematics
- Recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays (ACMNA031).
Syllabus outcomes: MA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1‑6NA.
General capabilities: Numeracy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Relevant parts of Year 2 achievement standards: Students represent multiplication and division by grouping into sets.
Topic: Recycling, Sustainability.
Unit of work: Visy Education – Primary Mathematics.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – teacher will model process explicitly before students complete task.
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheet (printed, one per student)
- Class rubbish bin
- Tongs and/or latex-free gloves (for each student)
- Recycling Guidelines poster
- Magnetic counters/tiles or regular counters/tiles and blu-tac.
Keywords: Materials, recycling, plastic, firm plastic, soft plastic, cardboard, paper, steel, aluminium, environment.
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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