Activity Introduction

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 design and create a memory game with the intention of practising associating common household and classroom waste with the appropriate Australasian Recycling Label.

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Learning intentions:

  • 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: 

Community EngagementCritical ThinkingEthical UnderstandingGlobal CitizenshipProblem Solving

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 1 & 2 HPE

  • Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)

Year 1 Science

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)

Year 2 Science

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS042)

Year 1 & 2 Technologies

  • Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

Syllabus outcomes: SLS1.13, ST1-4WS, ST1-9ES, ST1-11LW, ST1-12MW, STe-10ME, ST1-14BE, ST1-15I, ST1-16P.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 1&2 achievement standards: 

By the end of Year 1, students describe objects and events that they encounter in their everyday lives, and the effects of interacting with materials and objects.

By the end of Year 2, students describe changes to objects, materials and living things. They identify that certain materials and resources have different uses and describe examples of where science is used in people’s daily lives.

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: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Teacher facilitates learning and class discussion.

Resources required:

Keywords: Recycling, Australasian Recycling Label, Planet Ark, National Recycling Week, game, play-based learning


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...

  • ... identify the three Australasian Recycling Labels on a piece of packaging.
  • ... understand the difference between these three labels.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... locate the Australasian Recycling Labels on a piece of packaging
  • ...understand that the Australasian Recycling Labels require different things
  • ... dispose of pieces of packaging in the correct bin.

Teacher content information:

The Australasian Recycling Label is a system that provides you with easy to understand recycling information in order to remove confusion, save time, and reduce waste going to landfill.

The Australasian Recycling Labels with text to explain their meaning

Australians and New Zealanders care about the environment and want to do the right thing. When we dispose of our waste correctly, we keep non-recyclable material out of the recycling stream and recyclable material away from landfill. Not only does this help the environment, but these materials can then be used to make new things,

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