Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will design and build web pages for your school’s website. These will outline your school’s waste management system, provide interesting information about waste and the environment, and give tips for people in your school community to cut waste.

 

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Clean Up Day or a Clean Up on any day of the year. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students learn that their school creates a lot of waste
  • Students understand some of the actions and change the school can make to reduce its waste and they design and create a webpage to communicate this information.

21st century skills:

Community EngagementCritical ThinkingProblem FindingProblem Solving

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description:

Year 9 Geography

  • The effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (ACHGK068)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS070)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071)

Year 9 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)

Year 10 Geography

  • The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080)

Year 10 English

  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776) 

Syllabus outcomesGE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-8EN5-1A, EN5-2A.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.

Topic: Waste, Clean Up.

Time required: 2 x 60 min sessions.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.

Resources required:

  • Access to school IT coordinator and school IT information
  • Devices with internet access
  • Student Worksheet.

Keywords: Waste, recycling, school, web page.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... learn that their school creates a lot of waste
  • ... understand some of the actions and change the school can make to reduce its waste and they design and create a webpage to communicate this information.

Success criteria: Students can...

  • ... describe actions the school could take to reduce waste
  • ... present a design for a webpage.

Teacher content information: In this activity students will be exploring waste and how to reduce the impact of waste on our environment. A useful tool to help you understand the actions you can take around waste could be the following waste hierarchy image (also available here):

  • Avoid - This means not doing something in order to cut the waste you will produce. 
  • Reduce - This means buying and using things more carefully so that you produce less waste overall. 
  • Reuse - This means using something more than once for the same or a different purpose. 
  • Repair - Can you fix
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Student Worksheet

Conducting your research

Before you build your web pages you will then need to conduct research about your school’s waste program, including:

1. How much rubbish does your school dispose of through skips and rubbish bins?

 

2. What materials are recycled in the school (paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium cans, toner cartridges, corks, mobile phones) and what quantities of each material are recycled?

 

3. What materials are re-used in the school (e.g. paper)?

 

4. What happens to organics materials in school - waste and garden waste (mulch, compost, worm farms or sent away for green waste processing) - and what quantities of each type of organic material are processed?

 

5. A breakdown of the percent of waste materials in the school that are re-used, recycled, composted (or mulched or worm composted) or sent as rubbish to landfill.

 

6. The collection systems school - collection bins in classrooms, in the schoolyard and in administration areas (types

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