Activity Introduction

mobile-phones-photoframe-2Activity outline: This interactive whiteboard lesson will build students understanding of natural resources by focusing on the chain of production of mobile phones. They will explore the differences between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and think about how to extend the life of a mobile phone.

NRW Logo 2012-10-00 LgeThis lesson has been developed as part of the Schools Recycling 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.


Learning outcomes:

  • How mobile phones can be disposed of;
  • How quickly things break down and decompose; 
  • Different ways we can think about products.

Interactive components

This lesson includes a variety of interactive activities to engage students. Activities include click to reveal, hidden box and basket, rub and reveal, slide and reveal and a variety of interactive sorting activities

Year level: Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6

This lesson can be used with various content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum. For more information see 

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Smart Notebook From metal to mobile 2 (Download)


Teacher Worksheet

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Teacher instructions

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