Quick summary: With the assistance of a teacher, students identify the Australasian Recycling Labels and the purpose behind them – specifically the intention of reducing material waste and helping the environment. Students will then play a fun, physical game of Hopscotch with the intention of practising associating common household and classroom waste with the appropriate Australasian Recycling Label.
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- Students can identify the three Australasian Recycling Labels on a piece of packaging.
- Students will understand the difference between these three labels.
- Students can appropriately match a piece of packaging with a specific action or method of disposal based on these labels
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
- Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)
- Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
- Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)
- Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Foundation Year achievement standards:
By the end of the Foundation Year, students describe the properties and behaviour of familiar objects.
By the end of Year 2, students describe the purpose of familiar products, services and environments and how they meet a range of present needs.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: National Recycling Week – Primary
Time required: 50 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Teacher facilitates instructions and the playing of the game
- Activity Sheets
- Area of asphalt or concrete such as a basketball court
- Boxes, bins or other receptacles (x3)
- Coloured pencils
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Pieces of packaging sourced from student lunchboxes/the classroom, or use these graphics, various
- Recycling label templates
Keywords: Recycling, Australasian Recycling Label, Planet Ark, National Recycling Week, game, play-based learning
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