Quick summary: This is a homework activity. Students will investigate the types and amounts of rubbish that they and their family produce over the course of one day. Students will use the worksheet to record their results and will share their results with the class. Activity adapted from Activate Your Students: An inquiry-based learning approach to sustainability.
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- Students learn that even over one day a family can produce quite a lot of waste
- Students understand the Waste Hierarchy and how it can be used to help us reduce the amount of waste we create
- Students recognise that much of the waste produced by their families can be recycled and saved from going to landfill.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Mathematics
- Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass (ACMMG108)
- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
- Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119)
Year 5 Science
- Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090)
- Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)
Year 6 Mathematics
- Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
Year 6 Science
- Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS107)
- Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Topic: Waste, Clean Up.
Time required: 45 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – lead students in a class discussion on the results.
- One copy of the Student Worksheet for each student
- Each student will also need 6 containers and/or plastic bags to use at home and a set of kitchen or bathroom scales
- Waste Hierarchy with Discussion Points.
Safety: Students develop a family Waste Safety Code.
Keywords: Waste, recycling, disposal, family, home.
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