Activity Introduction


Quick summary:  Students will use a MobileMuster video to stimulate discussion about the benefits of recycling. Students will then complete a creative narrative writing task based on stimulus material which includes reference to mobile phones, printer cartridges and recycling bins. This writing task provides students with an opportunity to be imaginative and to further develop their own writing ‘voice’.

C4PA_vcolThis lesson has been developed as part of the Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week and also supports the Cartridges4PlanetArk program, which collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling – therefore keeping them out of landfill.  This lesson can be run at anytime though the year or can be run as part of Recycling Week (in November each year). Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and to receive other free support materials.

Learning intentions: 

  • Students get valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
  • Students engage in a narrative writing task that requires them to use their imagination to expand on a variety of stimulus material provided in the form of text and images. 

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 English

  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612).
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).

Syllabus outcomes: EN3-2A, EN3-7C

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.7, OI.9

Relevant parts of the Year 5 achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week

Unit of work: National Recycling week

Time required: 60 min

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity  

Resources required: Internet access, data projectors and compatible device capable of playing an online video, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), Pen and paper for story writing.

Keywords: Waste, litter, recycling, e-waste, mobile phones, printer cartridges, consumption

* This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators, ACARA, but is designed to provide practice for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Mobile phone.jpgTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Year 5. It features a narrative writing task that requires students to use their imagination to expand on various stimulus material about mobile phones, printer cartridges and recycling.

Success criteria: Students can...

  • ...draw on a short video as stimulus for a narrative
  • ...create a clear, engaging narrative
  • ...use correct spelling, grammar and sentence structure

Teacher content information: Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign has been running for almost 20 years and continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What happens to me after I land in a recycling bin?

Instructions to students

In this lesson, you will write a story. There'll be more information about your story-writing adventure below.

But before we begin, it's important to learn a little more about telling stories.

When people talk about writing stories they sometimes use words like: ORIENTATION, COMPLICATION and RESOLUTION.

What do these big words mean?

ORIENTATION: When people talk about the orientation, they mean the beginning of the story. Here you introduce your characters — WHO the story is about, and also tell us about the setting - WHERE the story takes place. You may also include WHEN the story is set.

COMPLICATION: When people use words like complication, they mean WHAT event or action happens to make the story scary, exciting or even sad. The complication can also be a problem.

RESOLUTION When people talk about the resolution, they are talking about what happens to end the story. This is HOW or

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