Quick summary: In this lesson students will learn about the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones and printer cartridges. Students will learn about how old mobiles and printer cartridges can be rescued from going to waste by recycling them in the correct collection bin. Students will research key questions about recycling and the impact electronic waste has on the environment.
This lesson has been developed as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and to receive other free support materials.
- Students understand the role and impact of resource use;
- Students begin to take responsibility for unwanted resources;
- Students research the concept of product stewardship.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 4 Geography
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
Year 4 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
Year 5 Science
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
Year 6 Science
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
Year 5 & 6 Design and Technology
- Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.7, OI.9
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students apply the observable properties of materials to explain how objects and materials can be used.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students classify substances according to their observable properties and behaviours.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students compare and classify different types of observable changes to materials.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Geography achievement standards: Students develop geographical questions to investigate and locate, collect and sort information and data from different sources to answer these questions.
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technology achievement standards: Students describe competing considerations in the design of products, services and environments, taking into account sustainability.
Topic: Consumption, National Recycling Week, Cartridges, Resource Recovery
Unit of work: National Recycling week
Time required: 70 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class sharing activities and discussion.
Resources required: A range of whiteboard markers, internet access, data projectors and compatible device capable of playing an online video, enough devices to facilitate online research in groups of 3-4 students, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet).
- MobileMuster Factsheet: What’s in a mobile
- MobileMuster Website: The Recycling Process
- PlanetArk Factsheet: What Happens To The Printer Cartridges?
Keywords: Waste, litter, e-waste, mobile phones, printer cartridges, consumption, MobileMuster.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.