Quick summary: Students will investigate the life cycle of a common piece of waste, something that we throw away so frequently we barely even notice it. Students will create a poster or computer-based image around the process and present this to the class.
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- Students understand that even the most ordinary pieces of waste can have a very involved life cycle
- Students learn that we use a range of renewable and nonrenewable resources
- Students take action to reduce their personal waste.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)
Year 7 Science
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Year 8 English
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)
Year 8 Science
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – assist students in identifying life cycle processes.
- Devices with internet access
- Pieces of waste (students select their own – safe and clean).
Safety: Students follow the class Waste Safety Code.
Keywords: Waste, life cycle, chocolate.
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