Activity Introduction

mobile phones for recycling heroQuick summary: In this lesson students explore the concept of landfill and gain an understanding of the environmental benefits of mobile phone recycling. They will develop the understanding and skills necessary to act responsibly and create texts that inform and persuade others to take action for sustainable futures.

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Learning goals:

  • Students understand the role and impact of resource use;
  • Students begin to take responsibility for unwanted resources;
  • Students will identify the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones..

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capabilities, Ethical understanding

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 9 English:

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)
  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue (ACELT1791)

Year 9 Science:

  • The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)

Year 10 English:

  • Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)
  • Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

Year 10 Science:

  • The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE230)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-11PWEN2-10C, EN2-2A, EN2-10C

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week

Time required: 2 – 4 lessons

Resources required:

  1. Interactive whiteboard (IWB)
  2. Fact Sheet: Recycling Mobile Phones
  3. Presentation: Why is it important to recycle phones?
  4. Video: MobileMuster Recycling Program
  5. Worksheet: Mobile Phone Cartoon or computer access to Toon Doo and set up a free online account for comic creator:
  6. Game: Mobile Phone Recycling
  7.  Mix and Match worksheet and Mix and match answer sheet.
  8. Computer access for extension activity

Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, Interactive whiteboard (IWB), Game: Mobile Phone Recycling, Picture Sentence Match, online comic creator:

Homework and extension opportunities: Access Hero Creator and students can create their own mobile phone recycling hero

Keywords: Waste, litter, e-waste, mobile phone, consumption, MobileMuster.

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

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in MobileMuster You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. 




Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students build their understanding of the environmental benefits of mobile phone recycling. They build their skills in creating imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Students will learn how to use the text structure, visual and language features of cartoon writing.

Teacher content information: These MobileMuster lessons cover the life cycle of mobile phones and look at issues relating to the materials used in mobile phones, problems associated with re-use and systems for managing and recycling mobile phone waste. It is hoped that the knowledge gained through the MobileMuster learning modules will increase student’s knowledge, engagement, critical thinking and commitment to living in a sustainable society. MobileMuster Teachers Guide.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1: What is the Mobile Muster? As a class, watch the video below and get students to complete a quick PMI thinking tool.


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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Would you recycle mobile phones if they were made of gold?

Part 1. What is mobile muster?

As you watch the video think about the different parts of the issue and write them down in the Plus, Minus, Interesting columns. 

MobileMuster Promise Video from MobileMuster on Vimeo.







Part 2: Why is it important to recycle phones

Play the Game: Mobile Phone Recycling Picture Sentence Match and then go through the Prezi and answer the questions below. 


Recycling mobile phones

How does recycling mobiles help the environment?
What are the benefits to recycling mobile phones?
What will happen if we don’t recycle?
What are some products that are created by the recovered materials?
How much can turning old tech into new products reduce greenhouse gases by?
Where can you recycle your phone to help the environment?
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