Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students explore the issue of waste and its impact on our environment. Students begin by investigating what waste is and what thoughts and questions they have about waste. Students then analyse recent news articles about waste to broaden their understanding of current issues around waste in Australia. Students then watch clips from War On Waste and examine these clips in terms of the environmental impacts that waste has on terrestrial and marine environments. Finally, students reflect on their learning, focusing on how their initial ideas about waste compare to their ideas at the conclusion of this activity.

This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work. This lesson can be used to develop prior knowledge in preparation for the other lessons in this unit.

Cool Australia’s War On Waste lessons have been developed in partnership with Lune Media and with support from the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. These lessons have been designed to lead students through a deeper understanding of some of the big issues relating to waste in Australia and to support them to take action to reduce the impact of waste on our environment. To access the full War On Waste unit for Years 7 to 10, click here.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand what waste is
  • Students recognise some of the ways waste can harm our environment.

21st century skills:

Creative ThinkingCritical Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Geography

  • The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)

Year 8 Geography

  • Human causes and effects of landscape degradation (Lune Media)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS061)

Year 9 Geography

  • Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the use of systems thinking to analyse the environmental effects of these alterations (ACHGK061)
  • The perceptions people have of place, and how these influence their connections to different places (ACHGK065)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS070)

Year 10 Geography

  • Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-1, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE4-6, GE4-8, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-8.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections between people and places and environments and describe how these interconnections change places and environments. They present findings and arguments using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies in a range of communication forms.

Relevant parts of Year 8 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections within environments and between people and places and explain how they change places and environments. Students present findings, arguments and ideas using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies in a range of appropriate communication forms.

Relevant parts of Year 9 Geography achievement standards: Students analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and explain how these interconnections influence people, and change places and environments. They present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and digital representations in a range of appropriate communication forms.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Geography achievement standards: Students identify, analyse and explain significant interconnections between people, places and environments and explain changes that result from these interconnections and their consequences. Students present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and graphic representations and digital technologies in a range of selected and appropriate communication forms.

Topic: Waste, Sustainability.

Unit of work: War On Waste – Years 7-10

Time required: 30 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – this lesson should be completed in students’ own time.

Resources required:

Keywords: War On Waste, waste, environmental impacts, landfill, oceans, flipped classroom.

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…

  • … understand what waste is
  • … recognise some of the ways waste can harm our environment.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … work independently to complete tasks in their own time
  • … respond to video and written information
  • … undertake independent online research
  • … make recommendations and provide justification for their recommendations.

Teacher content information: In Australia, we began addressing the issue of waste in the 1960s and '70s with litter campaigns like Keep Australia Beautiful and Tidy Town Awards. With such a long history of waste reduction campaigns, you would think we had got on top of the waste issue; however, as the recent recycling crisis shows, we're still trying to solve the issue of waste in Australia.

Why is this the case? War On Waste, highlighted the confusion consumers have about the waste we create and the struggles we experience when trying to reduce the amount of waste in our liv

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: “There is no such thing as away. When you throw something away, it must go somewhere." - Annie Leonard

1. Exploring waste

Read the following definition of waste:

Watch the following clip which describes waste in more detail:

War On Waste: Extended Sneak Peek (https://youtu.be/aCUdU6zRyZc)

Now use the following prompts to explore your own thoughts about waste:

Write down three thoughts or ideas you have about waste:

1.

2.

3.

 

What are two questions you have about waste? Record them below:

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2.

 

Think of one analogy about waste and write it below:

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2. Investigating waste in the news

What is happening with waste in your area and around Australia?

Find three recent online Australian news headlines that address the issue of waste. Record the details of these headlines below, and answer the questions:

Headline 1.

Title:

Source:

Date published:

Summarise the article in 25 words or less.

 

What is the main issue being addressed in

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