Activity Introduction

small pieces of plastic in the hands of a personQuick summary: Students consider the role of the different sectors of the economy – government, producers and consumers – in managing plastic waste. They begin by reviewing their knowledge of the impact of plastic waste on the ocean, before looking at examples of actions for addressing waste from around the world. They then select one idea and think about how it could be applied in an Australian context, either at a national, state or local level. Students then develop a pitch to share their ideas with an audience.

Take 3 For The Sea logoTake 3 is an Australian charity removing rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups. Take 3’s call to action is simple: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference.

 

 

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students recognise actions taken around the world to address plastic waste
  • Students understand that all sectors of the economy (i.e. government, producers and consumers) can play a role in addressing plastic waste.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingProblem SolvingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 Economics and Business

  • The ways consumers and producers interact and respond to each other in the market (ACHEK017)
  • Gather relevant data and information from a range of digital, online and print sources (ACHES022)
  • Generate a range of alternatives in response to an observed economic or business issue or event, and evaluate the potential costs and benefits of each alternative (ACHES024)
  • Present evidence-based conclusions using economics and business language and concepts in a range of appropriate formats, and reflect on the consequences of alternative actions (ACHES026)

Year 8 Economics and Business

  • The ways markets in Australia operate to enable the distribution of resources, and why they may be influenced by government (ACHEK027)
  • Gather relevant data and information from a range of digital, online and print sources (ACHES033)
  • Generate a range of alternatives in response to an observed economic or business issue or event, and evaluate the potential costs and benefits of each alternative (ACHES035)
  • Present evidence-based conclusions using economics and business language and concepts in a range of appropriate formats, and reflect on the consequences of alternative actions (ACHES037)

Year 9 Economics and Business

  • Gather relevant and reliable data and information from a range of digital, online and print sources (ACHES044)
  • Generate a range of viable options in response to an economic or business issue or event, use cost-benefit analysis and appropriate criteria to recommend and justify a course of action and predict the potential consequences of the proposed action (ACHES046)
  • Present reasoned arguments and evidence-based conclusions in a range of appropriate formats using economics and business conventions, language and concepts (ACHES048)

Year 10 Economics and Business

  • Gather relevant and reliable data and information from a range of digital, online and print sources (ACHES056)
  • Generate a range of viable options in response to an economic or business issue or event, use cost-benefit analysis and appropriate criteria to recommend and justify a course of action and predict the potential consequences of the proposed action (ACHES058)
  • Present reasoned arguments and evidence-based conclusions in a range of appropriate formats using economics and business conventions, language and concepts (ACHES060)

Syllabus outcomes: C4.1, C4.2, C4.3, C4.4, C4.5, C4.6, C4.7, C4.8, C5.1, C5.4, C5.5, C5.6, C5.7, C5.8

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability (OI.8), Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia (OI.2).

Relevant parts of Year 7 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students describe the interdependence of consumers and producers in the market. They gather data and information from different sources to investigate an economic or business issue. They propose alternative responses to an issue and develop and present conclusions using appropriate texts, terms and concepts.

Relevant parts of Year 8 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students recognise why governments may influence the market’s operation. They gather relevant data and information from different sources to investigate an economic or business issue. Students develop and present evidence-based conclusions using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They identify the effects of an economic or business decision and the potential consequences of alternative actions.

Relevant parts of Year 9 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students gather and analyse relevant data and information from different sources to answer questions, identify trends and explain relationships. Students generate alternative responses to an issue. Students develop and present evidence-based conclusions and reasoned arguments using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students gather and analyse reliable data and information from different sources to identify trends, explain relationships and make predictions. Students generate alternative responses to an issue, taking into account multiple perspectives.

Topic: Ocean Conservation, Waste, Sustainability.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Take 3 For The Sea – Project-based Learning – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 120+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee class discussions and group activities, facilitate pitch delivery.

Resources required:

Keywords: Take 3 For The Sea, plastic waste, ocean, economy, government, producers, consumers, pitch.

These lessons have been created in partnership with Take 3 and are made possible thanks to their funding partner SC Johnson. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

plastic bottles being dumped onto more plastic bottles by a machineTeacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will…

  • ... recognise actions taken around the world to address plastic waste
  • ... understand that all sectors of the economy (i.e. government, producers and consumers) can play a role in addressing plastic waste.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... work collaboratively
  • ... undertake research online
  • ... apply research to a real-world context and consider the positives and negatives of their idea
  • ...prepare and deliver a pitch for their idea
  • ...participate in class and group discussions.

Teacher content information:

About the Movement
Take 3 is an Australian charity removing rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups. Take 3's call to action is simple: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or... anywhere and you have made a difference. Their message has sparked a global movement that encourages everyone to get involved and help pr

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Who is responsible for dealing with waste - those who make the products or those who use the products?

1. Work independently to answer the following question, recording your responses in column A of the table below:

  Column A - My initial ideas Column B - New thoughts and ideas
How do we impact the ocean?

Once you have made some notes, turn to a classmate to share and discuss your ideas. Add any new ideas or thoughts that come out of this process to Column B.

Responsibility For Waste

1. Now work in pairs to brainstorm some answers to the following questions:

Who is responsible for plastic waste: governments, producers or consumers?

What role do you think each sector in our economy should play in reducing plastic waste? What actions could each sector take?

 

2. Working in groups you will now conduct research into the examples of addressing plastic waste presented in the clip you just watched, as well as finding other examples from ar

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