Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is one of six lessons for Years 3-8, designed to support you and your students to produce quality films for the MobileMuster Film Competition, with the aim of encouraging the community to recycle more of their old and unused mobile phones. The Mobile Muster Film Contest is closed for the year and will reopen again in the months leading into 2020 National Recycling Week. In the meantime, check out this lesson and add it to your planning for 2020. For information about the Film Competition, visit the MobileMuster website. For information about the Film Competition, visit the MobileMuster website.

This lesson students will help students gain information for their films by exploring the importance of recycling mobile phones and the environmental impact of manufacturing mobile phones. Students will examine reasons why people do not always recycle their old mobile phones. They will conduct interviews, collate and examine data and present their research findings in a poster or appropriate digital format.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the importance of recycling mobile phones.
  • Students develop open questions to collect qualitative data.
  • Students know how to tally data and identify patterns.
  • Students can share research findings using an appropriate presentation format.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 HASS

  • Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data (ACHASSI058)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge, and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)

Year 4 HASS

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
  • Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI073)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data (ACHASSI079)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS071)

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-2, GE2-3, GE2-4, ST2-4WS, ST2-11LW

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students pose questions and locate and collect information from sources, including observations, to answer these questions. They examine information to identify a point of view and interpret data to identify and describe simple distributions. They draw simple conclusions and share their views on an issue.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students develop questions to investigate. They locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations to answer these questions. When examining information, they distinguish between facts and opinions and detect points of view. They interpret data and information to identify and describe distributions and simple patterns and draw conclusions. They share their points of view, respecting the views of others.

Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students discuss how natural processes and human activity cause changes to the Earth’s surface. They use provided tables and column graphs to organise data and identify patterns. 

Topic: Consumption, Sustainability

Unit of workMobileMuster Film Competition

Time required: 90+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, present information, facilitate data collection and interpretation.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting a video to the class. Audio or video recording devices (optional). Renewable and Non-renewable Resources Factsheet (optional). Survey Design Tips (optional). Reasons For Not Recycling Mobile Phones (optional)

Keywords: recycling, mobile phones, interview, consumer, sustainability, film, competition, questioning, open questions, data.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ...

  • ... examine the importance of recycling mobile phones.
  • ... explore the difference between open and closed questions.
  • ... conduct interviews to collect qualitative data.

Success criteria: Students can ...

  • ... describe the benefits or mobile phone recycling in their own words.
  • ... develop open-ended questions.
  • ... tally data and identify patterns.
  • ... share research findings using an effective presentation format.

Teacher content information: MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle.

MobileMuster is calling on Australians to, 'use it

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How do people feel about recycling their old phones?

1. In pairs, take turns in speaking and listening in response to the questions below:

  • What is recycling?

 

 

  • Can you think of any reasons why recycling might be important?

 

 

  • What sorts of things do you think we can recycle?

 

2. Watch this animation:

MobileMuster - The Benefits of Recycling Your Phone - (https://vimeo.com/265126147)

Reasons For Not Recycling

Mobile phones aren’t recycled because people ...

  • are keeping old phones as spares for backup in case current phones stop working or get broken
  • haven't got around to recycling them yet
  • might have old phones that are still working or might information on them that people still need
  • aren’t sure what to do with them
  • are concerned someone might access the data
  • don't know where to recycle them
  • didn't think of recycling their phone or they forgot about it
  • didn't know you could recycle mobile phones
  • want to
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