Quick summary: The Enviroweek Waste Warrior Challenge encourages students to explore their day-to-day wastage and make better choices. This resource is structured in three parts – each being an individual activity.
Part 1 – Tune In: Students explore renewable and non-renewable resources and take responsibility for limiting and considering the environmental impact of unwanted food packaging.
Part 2 – Act: Students plan and develop their own Waste Warrior Challenge.
Part 3 – Share: Students share their experiences and inspire others to take action.
Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Enviroweek. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.
- Students understand the impact of waste on our environment.
- Students recognise the impact of plastic and plastic bags on our environment.
- Students collect data about the school’s renewable and non-renewable waste management system.
- Students will rethink their waste management practices and take action to reduce wastage personally.
Year level: Secondary (Year 7 – 10)
Topic: Enviroweek – Waste Warrior
Duration of activity:
45 mins planning plus Enviroweek
Dependent on activity chosen
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet. Prior to the ‘Tune In’ activity, collect a range of plastic bags to bring into class. You may need other resources depending on the challenge the students choose to do.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students may choose to use scales at home to weigh household rubbish bins and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Safety: Students and teachers should take care to protect themselves when dealing with rubbish, wearing gloves if necessary, and taking care when lifting.
Hot Tip: Try to get the whole school taking part in the Waste Warrior Action for Enviroweek. Your class can plan how the whole school can take part. You may need to seek approval from the School Council or the Principal.
Key words: rubbish, waste, plastic bags.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Year 8 Science
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Year 10 Science
- Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC4-12ES.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priorities: Sustainability OI.8.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.