Quick summary: Students look at waste and the time it takes to decompose. Students are asked to order a selection of waste materials into the time it takes for them to break down. In the closing activity, they will act as archeologists undertaking a dig of a kitchen 100 years in the future and are asked to describe the condition of the items that they find.
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- Students raise their awareness of the rate of waste material breakdown and how this can take many, many years
- Students build an understanding of the differences between biodegradable and non-biodegradable items
- Students take responsibility for their own waste footprint.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Content description: This lesson can be aligned with a variety of learning areas and year levels.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Topic: Clean Up, Waste.
Time required: 60 mins
- Drawing materials or modelling clay
- Waste breakdown flashcards.
Keywords: Litter, waste, breakdown, decomposition.
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