Close the loop with Visy’s recycling-focused teaching
activities for kids. 

Visy’s vision is to be the global leader in creating sustainable packaging solutions for a better world.

This curriculum package will explore the themes of recycling, closing the loop and taking positive action through a study of best practices. Students and their ideas will be the focus of the lessons – empowering young people to make sustainable choices and take action through knowledge.

There are also some great Primary and Secondary lessons to check out for NAPLAN Preparation.

Also, we have aligned lessons to the New Zealand Curriculum! Check them out here.

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Professional Development: Introduce Primary Students to Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving, which uses a designer’s toolkit to find innovative solutions to big challenges. This course will walk you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process and help you find avenues to use it in the primary curriculum.

You’ll learn:

  • Why design thinking is a valuable teaching and learning tool.
  • How to use the five stages of Design Thinking in your curriculum.
  • How to use Design Thinking to empower students to problem-solve.
  • How to access free lesson plans and student worksheets.

The course will take around 2 hours to complete and is available for $49.95. You will have ongoing access and can finish at your own pace. Head to the course and get started today!

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Early Learning

These lessons introduce children to the fundamentals of recycling – the uses of different bin types, identifying the materials objects are made from and whether they can be recycled. Children will also explore how to turn recyclable objects through crafting activities.

What Goes In That Bin?
– Recycling and Sustainability

Children investigate why we have different types of bins for the waste materials we create. They then work together to make signs for their bins that show what items go into each bin.

What Is It Made From?
– Recycling and Sustainability

Children investigate the composition of objects by testing the size, weight, sound and feel of these objects. They then discover which bin these items should go in.

What Is Recycling?
– Recycling and Sustainability

Children are introduced to recycling. They are then invited to find new ways to use recyclable objects in craft activities.

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Primary – Foundation to Year 6

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collection and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community.

Lower Primary – Mathematics

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collection and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community.

Sorting Our Recycling
– Foundation

Students will explore the topic of recycling within their classroom. Through the topic they will practise the core mathematical skills of counting, sorting and classifying and then apply their findings to reflect on and develop their own recycling habits.

How Do We Recycle?
– Year 1

Students will practise data collection and graphing. They will consider the importance of recycling, recyclable items and ways to improve their recycling habits.

What Do We Recycle?
– Year 2

Students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling rates across the school.

Weighing Our Impact 
– Year 4

Students will apply mathematical skills as they explore the recycling practices of schools and reflect on their own recycling processes. 

NAPLAN Preparation Primary Lessons

These lessons help to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills, in addition, to building an understanding of how recycling impacts the environment and their community.

Recycling – NAPLAN Style Maths – Year 3

Students will explore steps that schools have taken to increase their rates of recycling. It focuses on refining students ability to identify which process is required to solve a problem.

The Main Idea? Recycle!
– NAPLAN Style Reading Skills – Year 3

Students will build on their ability to find the main idea of a text. They will identify the focus of separate paragraphs then link this information to identify an overall theme.

Keeping in the Loop
– NAPLAN Style Persuasive Writing – Year 5

This lesson focuses on linking arguments and persuasive techniques to the audience of a persuasive text. Students will review a peer’s work, then reflect on their work.

Upper Primary – Design Thinking

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collection and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community.

Discovering the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6

Students will be introduced to the environmental impact of not recycling. They explore the ways that recycling can positively impact our environment.

Understanding the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6

Students will gather information about habits and attitudes in order to build empathy with their school community.

Interpreting Information for Ideas – Years 5 & 6

Students will share their findings relating to the community’s experiences with recycling.

Imagining a Design Solution – Years 5 & 6

Students will have identified concerns related to recycling practices and habits, then surveyed their school and community. They begin to develop their idea by creating prototypes.

Seeking Feedback
Years 5 & 6

Students identify issues relating to not recycling, work to find and prototype a solution, then take action in their community that addresses the issue they identified. 

Refining the Solution
– Years 5 & 6

In this lesson, students will sort and analyse feedback then incorporate it to improve their design solution. 

Test – Implementing the Solution – Years 5 & 6

Students will make changes to their prototypes based on prior analysis of community feedback. They will then plan for the implementation of their prototype using a project planning tool to guide them. 

Reflecting on Design Thinking
– Years 5 & 6

In this lesson, students reflect on the Design Thinking process, their own personal development and the success of their actions. 

 

Secondary – Years 7 to 10

Mathematics Focused

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collections and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as the changes in recycling practices over time in Australia. 

We Take, We Make, We Use
– Years 7 & 8

Students will learn about the concept of closing the loop and investigate the environmental savings their school can make by using recycled paper.

Football Fields Of Paper
– Years 7 & 8

Students will obtain an understanding of large numbers by relating figures concerning paper usage in Australia to football fields. 

Waste To Energy
– Years 7 to 9

Students will investigate the amount of waste materials being produced by Australians each year, as well as recycling rates and greenhouse gas emissions, by analysing graphs and statistics.

Aerosol Assault
– Year 9

Students will investigate the production and recycling of aluminium using deodorant cans as a context.

Recyclables In The Rubbish?
– Years 7 to 10

Students will investigate how the recycling of plastic has improved over time and how innovative solutions are improving the environmental effects of plastic.

To Bin Or Not To Bin
– Years 7 to 10

Students will investigate their usage and disposal of recyclable materials by collecting and analysing data.  

Drastic Plastic Usage
– Years 7 to 10

Students collect and analyse data related to the usage of plastic bottles. They will learn about the difference between recyclable and recycled plastic and calculate the different energy costs to manufacture plastic bottles.

Shiny Innovation
 – Years 7 to 10

Students will investigate how the recycling of plastic has improved over time and how innovative solutions are improving the environmental effects of plastic. 

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NAPLAN Preparation Secondary Lessons

This series of lessons is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*.

Synthesising a Sustainable Future – NAPLAN Style Reading Skills – Year 7

Students explore different sources of information about recycling and synthesise to develop a set of statements that encourage others to recycle.

More than Just Fiction
NAPLAN Style Narrative Writing – Year 9

In this lesson, students will explore allegory and develop their own allegorical narratives about the concept of sustainability and recycling.

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Science Focused

In these lessons, students will see the application of physical sciences to recycling, as well as collecting data to analyse their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community before looking at ways to increase rates of recycling.

The Physics of Recycling
– Year 7

Students will explore the topic of recycling. They will practise counting, sorting and classifying, then use their findings to reflect on and develop their own recycling habits.

Using Energy to Recycle
– Year 8

Students will practise data collection and graphing. They will consider the importance of recycling, recyclable items and ways to improve their recycling habits.

Bottled a Better Way
– Year 7 & 8

In this lesson, students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling across the school.

Towards Zero Waste
– Years 7 to 10

Students will apply mathematical skills as they explore the recycling practices of schools and reflect on their own recycling processes. 

New Zealand and Australian Curriculum-aligned

The below 5 lessons have been mapped to the NZ Curriculum in addition to the Australian Curriculum. We will be mapping more and more of the 32 lessons to the NZ Curriculum in 2022 – we’ll keep you updated as they come through. 

Sorting Our Recycling – Mathematics – Foundation

In this lesson, students will explore the topic of recycling within their classroom. Through the topic they will practise the core mathematical skills of counting, sorting and classifying and then apply their findings to reflect on and develop their own recycling habits.

What Do We Recycle? – Mathematics – Year 2

In this lesson, students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling and waste across the school.

Discovering the Waste Problem – Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6

Students will be introduced to the environmental impact of materials that aren’t recycled, and will explore how recycling can reduce these impacts.

Understanding the Waste Problem – Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6

Students will be introduced to the environmental impact of materials that aren’t recycled, and will explore how recycling can reduce these impacts.

Interpreting Information for Ideas – Design Thinking –  Years 5 & 6

In this lesson, students will share findings relating to the community’s experiences with waste and recycling. They will present data and information as graphs and tables, as well as summarising it into a visual organiser

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With thanks to our Partner

These lessons were made in partnership with Visy. Click here to find out more about Visy and their innovative work in recovering and transforming recyclable materials into new products to preserve our earth’s precious resources..

 

 

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