Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students develop a social action project to address a waste problem they have noticed at their school. Students begin by identifying waste problems at their school, why these have occurred and what actions they could take to address these problems. They then select one action and develop and implement a social action project around this action.

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 Foundation to Year 3, click here.

Learning intentions:

  • Students recognise a waste problem at their own school
  • Students understand some of the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingProblem FindingProblem SolvingTeam Work            

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Foundation HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI009)

Year 1 HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)

Year 2 HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI042)

Year 3 HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)

Syllabus outcomes: GEe-2, GE1-3, GE2-4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.9.

Relevant parts of Foundation HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.

Relevant parts of Year 1 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for places.

Relevant parts of Year 2 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways to care for places and sites of significance.

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest individual action in response to an issue or challenge.

Topic: Waste, sustainability.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: War On Waste – Foundation to Year 3.

Time required: 140+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students in developing ideas for action, plan details of action for students, oversee implementation of action.

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting an online clip to the class
  • Device capable of taking photos, such as an iPad or camera
  • Other materials will depend on individual project needs
  • Project Planning Guide
  • Project Checklist

Keywords: War On Waste, plastic, school, social action.

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…

  • … recognise a waste problem at their own school
  • ... understand some of the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... identify problems at their school and opportunities for improvement
  • … realise they have the ability to create change in their community
  • … plan and assess a project
  • … work collaboratively.

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 red

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