Activity Introduction

green-mural-heroQuick summary: After taking part in Schools Clean Up Day, students will be familiar with how rubbish can pile up in the school and community. Students will be given an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gathered during the previous lessons. Students will develop and implement solutions to the problem of mounting rubbish and reducing their environmental footprint. Students will be inspired to think critically about their own community.

clean up logoFollowing this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Clean Up Day. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

Australian Curriculum content description: This project based learning activity can be aligned with all learning areas and year levels of the Australian Curriculum. 

Time required: teacher’s discretion.

Resources required: Camera, iPads, wood, paint, sticky tape, craft material.

Homework and extension opportunities: Get the students to present their finished projects to the School Council.

Keywords: Clean up, projects, environment. 

Safety: Ask students to be mindful of safety requirements and school rules.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Schools Clean Up Day

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Teacher Worksheet

rubrics-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: In the first part of this activity students will head out into the schoolyard after lunchtime to collect whatever rubbish they can find. They will then sort the rubbish into piles and brainstorm ways to reuse the resources.

Teacher content information: There are lots of things that students, classes and schools can do to make a difference in their community. You may wish to find out what environmental needs exist right around you. Each school and community has different environmental problems and may already have environmental projects in place, such as recycling programs, litter clean-ups, park and beach adoptions, and so on.

Some ideas for challenges include the following projects:

  • Diverting Organic Waste: Build a garden in your school, using compost and environmentally friendly pest control and fertiliser. Work out a schedule of garden maintenance; make the garden drought resistant so that it does not need excessive watering.
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Student Worksheet

Action Plan

Our Environmental Challenge is:


Who is responsible

Date of completion

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