Quick summary: Students are asked to consider how waste patterns have changes over time and complete a colouring-in worksheet that shows the changes in the ways that people have used materials and disposed of their waste over the past 400 years. They will also be asked to predict what life might be like in the year 2050 and what waste disposal methods will be available then.
- Students learn that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived very lightly on the land, using natural materials for their tools, clothing, shelters and weapons.
- Students discover that since European settlement, people in Australia have used increasing amounts of resources to support their lifestyle and have been producing increasing quantities of solid waste.
- Students will understand that the way that Australians dispose of their waste has changed dramatically over the past 60 or so years.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 Science
- Science involves making predictions and describing patternsand relationships (ACSHE050)
Year 3 History
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052)
Sequence information about people’s lives and events (ACHASSI055)
Year 4 Science
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
Year 4 History
- Sequence information about people’s lives and events (ACHASSI076)
- Examine information to identify different points of view and distinguish facts from opinions (ACHASSI077)
Year 4 Geography
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
Topic: Solid waste
Time required: 48 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – gather materials, copy worksheets for students.
Resources required: scissors, pencils, pens, glue, copy of Doorways To Waste Worksheet for each student.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension and homework.
Keywords: Waste, history, future, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.