Quick summary: Through class discussion, students will be encouraged to think about some of the major issues associated with solid waste and waste disposal. This includes looking at the waste hierarchy. Students will then be asked to consider three different types of waste and how these relate to the waste hierarchy.
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- Students recognise that we all have a responsibility to reduce the amount of solid waste we produce
- Students understand the waste hierarchy and how it can be used to help us reduce the amount of waste we create
- Students understand that there are different ways to reduce the amount of waste that we produce.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 English
- Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)
Year 3 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 4 English
- Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)
Year 4 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
Year 4 Geography
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Topic: Clean Up, Waste.
Duration of activity: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead a discussion on waste and recycling.
- Art materials
- Device with internet access
- Waste Hierarchy with Discussion Points
Keywords: Rubbish, waste, landfill, refuse, reuse, reduce, recycling.
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