Quick summary: Students examine and weigh the waste that has been collected over one week from the teacher’s household. They will also bring to class one item of packaging that they think is excessive. Students will then be asked to think critically about the amount of packaging that is used to wrap the things we use every day and to think creatively about how this packaging could be reused. This activity is in two parts and requires some preparation to collect one week’s worth of rubbish and examples of excessive packaging.
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- Students learn that we create a lot of waste in our daily lives
- Students understand that we can recycle much of this waste
- Students understand that we can think carefully about what we buy so that we aren’t contributing unnecessarily to the waste problem.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Mathematics
- Investigate, interpret and analyse graphs from authentic data (ACMNA180)
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
Year 8 Mathematics
- Choose appropriate units of measurement for area and volume and convert from one unit to another (ACMMG195)
Year 8 Science
- Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)
- Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships, including using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS144)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-5WS, SC4-6WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-12ES.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – collect waste items, assist students in the activity.
- Art and craft materials
- Device with internet access
- Graph paper
- Large buckets
- Plastic bags
- Waste items for one week (teacher to collect)
- Waste Hierarchy
- Writing materials.
Safety: Refer to your Waste Safety Code. The teacher should ensure that all items used in the activity are clean and safe. Students sorting waste should use gloves and tongs.
Keywords: Waste, recycling, packaging, home, weight.
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