National Recycling Week - The Paper Cycle

National Recycling Week - The Paper Cycle

Activity 4 of 4 in this unit

  • Early Learning
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Recycling
  • ...

Lesson summary

This activity is designed to show children where our paper and cardboard come from, and how using less paper and cardboard can use less trees. Children are asked to look at a range of products that come from trees – including paper, cardboard and wood – and to experiment with adding water to these products to see how they respond to water. By participating in this activity it is hoped that children understand that paper comes from trees and that we can help trees (and our environment) by recycling paper.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

Learning Goals: 

  • This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

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Curriculum mapping

EYLF Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcome 2:

  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • 2.3 Children become aware of fairness

Learning Outcome 4:

  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

Resources required

  • A range of materials made from wood, including different types of paper (newspaper, magazine paper, printing paper, coloured paper etc)
  • cardboard (from boxes, packaging etc) and wood (different types, colours and uses).

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Additional info

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.

National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge. 

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