Quick summary: Students will study the packaging on everyday items and gain an understanding of the various types of packaging that exist. Students will learn about the effect packaging has on the environment. They will look at ways packaging can be refused, reduced, reused and recycled. Students will create their own packaging for an everyday item, which is 100% environmentally friendly.
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Learning goals for this activity include:
- Students gain an understanding of the resources required to make packaging.
- Students build an understanding of how they can reduce their packaging.
- Students communicate their understanding by creatively designing a label.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 4 Science:
- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
- 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)
Year 3 Science:
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)
Time needed: 60 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium
Resources needed: Access to computers for research, a range of packaging items, permission to go on an excursion to a local supermarket.
Digital technology opportunities: Tablets (iPads) for producing data sheets and recording data
Assumed prior learning: Functional knowledge of the school’s waste system.
Key words: Waste, recycling, resource, rubbish, landfill, contamination.
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