Quick summary: In this lesson, students will think about waste and recycling from the perspective of a piece of garbage. They will cement their knowledge and understanding by completing creative and responsive tasks.
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 problem of over-consumption
- Students understand the importance of recycling and re-use
- Students respond to texts
- Students create texts to demonstrate their understanding
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 Science:
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 3 English:
- Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others (ACELT1596)
Year 4 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
Year 4 English
- Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view (ACELT1603)
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet, a copy of Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray (2005, Kane/Miller) OR images from the book to copy or display. If this book is not available, one of the many children’s books about recycled and re-used rubbish will work as a substitute. Some ideas are:
- Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers. By Lauren Child and Bridget Hurst (2009, Dial)
- The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling.By Alison Inches and Pete Whitehead (2009, Little Simon)
- The Cardboard Box Book. By Roger Priddy (2014, Pan Macmillan)
Key words: National Recycling Week, Resources, Rubbish, Re-using, Recycling.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.