Quick summary: The Enviroweek Trader Challenge encourages students to share their skills, space and time and to analyse their consumption habits. This resource is structured in three parts, each containing one activity.
Part 1 – Tune In: Students explore the basics of trading and exchange.
Part 2 – Act: Students develop their own Trader Challenge and take action toward reducing whole school waste.
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 2014. Each student who participates in this Challenge will save 0.35 kg of CO2e correlating to 3 black balloons. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Don’t forget to register!
- Students explore the concept of trading and how it relates to waste.
- Students begin to understand the impact of wasteful consumption on the environment.
- Students begin to take responsibility for items that could be traded and would otherwise go to landfill.
- Students will rethink the concept of waste and take action to reduce the personal impact of their wastage on the environment.
Year level: Lower Primary (Foundation – Year 2)
Topic: Enviroweek – Trader
Duration of activity:
45 mins planning plus Enviroweek
Resources required: props for the story, small items to trade (see story), How to host a swap party.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students may choose to discuss the topic of trading and money with family members.
Keywords: trade, swap, share
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
- Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSIS011)
- Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations (ACELY1646)
- Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contact (ACELY1784)
Year 1 Science:
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)
Year 1 English:
- Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)
- Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)
Year 2 Science:
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)
Year 2 English:
- Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)
- Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670)
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