Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students investigate the types of waste they use in the classroom and at home. They then analyse where this waste comes from and where it will go. Students are introduced to the 4Rs, and will focus specifically on the issue of ‘Reuse’ by making a waste colour wheel. Students will first make a colour wheel, and then will have one week to collect waste materials of different colours to add to their colour wheel. Finally, they reflect on the importance of reducing waste, and consider other ways of reusing waste in art projects.

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Learning intention:

  • Students understand what waste is, where it comes from and where it goes.
  • Students understand what the 4Rs are and how they can help us to create less waste.
  • Students understand what a colour wheel is and know how to make and use a colour wheel.
  • Students recognise how waste materials can be reused in art projects.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 HASS

  • Activities in the local place and reasons for their location (ACHASSK033)

Year 2 Science

  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose (ACSSU031

Foundation to Year 2 Visual Art 

  • Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107

Syllabus outcomes: GE1-2, ST1-12MW, VAS1.2.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 1 HASS achievement standards: Students describe how places can be cared for.

Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students identify that certain materials and resources have different uses.

Relevant parts of Year F-2 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination, using different techniques and processes.

Topic: Sustainability.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Foundation to Year 2 – Visual Arts.

Time required: 60+ minutes (students will need to collect waste materials over the course of a week)

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in discussion and guide students in creating colour wheels.

Resources required: 4Rs Flashcards. Colour Wheel Factsheet. Colour wheel templates: Colour wheel template – F & Yr 1 or Colour wheel template – Yr 2. A range of art tools such as Grasp Crayons, Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Jumbo Wax Crayons and Jumbo Connector Pens. All your classroom waste for one day, including waste from student lunch boxes. A sheet or board that you can put on the floor of the classroom to tip your waste onto.

Keywords: Visual arts, waste, recycling, 4Rs, colour wheel, creativity, sustainability.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand that waste can have negative affects on our environment and will use colour to spread the message about the 4Rs.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain what waste is, where it comes from, where it goes and how to make less waste.
  • ... establish what the 4Rs are.
  • ... make and use a colour wheel.

Teacher content information: Sustainability describes the ability to keep going at the same rate and in the same (or better) condition as before. In order for our world to be able to sustain us, as well as the generations to come, we need to change. It’s time to think differently - and more creatively - about sustainability and the future of our planet.

Creativity and approaching challenges in a creative way has traditionally been seen as a natural gift, but in fact it can be grown just like a muscle. Creativity is like any other skill. It can be learned and developed – especially in the classroom. It’s a crucial sk

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