Activity Introduction

Recycle Rescue Hero 2Quick summary: This lesson is an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and understanding about the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones and printer cartridges. Students will play the online RecycleRescue game to stimulate discussion about the benefits of recycling. They will then work in small groups to prepare questions for their own “Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz”. By creating their own quiz game, students will have the opportunity to work co-operatively, practice their research skills, learn how to organise information, develop their written and verbal communication skills, and appreciate the importance of rules and fair play. 


This 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 goals:

  • Students build their knowledge and understanding of recycling issues and the benefits of reducing waste 
  • Students practice their research skills 
  • Students improve their thinking and analytical skills.
  • Students develop their written and verbal communication

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 English 

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
  • Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)

Year 8 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
  • Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capabilities.

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

Syllabus OutcomesEN4-2A, EN4-3B, EN4-4B.

Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week

Unit of lessons: National Recycling week

Time required: Two classroom lessons

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers required to facilitate and guide students in creating and playing the Trivia Quiz.  

Resources required:  Laptops with internet access (one device per pair of students).  

Optional: Powerpoint presentation software, and a classroom projector or SMARTBoard. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities

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

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


Teacher Worksheet

Recycle Rescue Hero 1Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will work in small groups to prepare questions for a class quiz. They will then compete in small groups to answer the questions they and their classmates have created in the hope of being declared “Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz Champions”.

Students will learn that by recycling at home and at school, they not only make their waste pile smaller, but they also reduce the consumption of natural resources. In addition, games like this can be used in the classroom to stimulate participation, build confidence, and make learning fun.

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

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Student Worksheet

Recycle Rescue Hero 3Thought Starter: What's there to know about recycling?

So, you already know you can recycle old mobile phones, printer cartridges, especially after playing the Recycle Rescue App. You may also know that you can recycle office paper and plastic water bottles too.

But is that all there is to it?

Let's find out how much you really know about recycling....

Part A: Play an online Trivia Quiz

Step 1. Work with a partner to complete the following online recycling quiz games:

Once you have finished, calculate your score out of 10 and, when invited, share your score with your teacher.

Step 2. So, you've played the Recycle Rescue App, plus another online game... But you reckon you can create questions that are more interesting and more fun, right? With your partner write down five characteristics you think are important when writing a Trivia Quiz question that rocks!


Characteristic 1
Characteristic 2
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