4Rs Reflection

4Rs Reflection

Lesson 2 of 13 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
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Lesson summary

In this lesson students explore the concept of the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and how it applies to waste. Students begin by working as a class to define the 4Rs, and then work in teams to brainstorm examples of each of the 4Rs. Finally, students explore how they can apply the 4Rs to their own lives.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what is meant by the 4Rs
  • understand the actions they can take to address the 4Rs.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • work in groups
  • consider the ideas and opinions of others
  • communicate their ideas with the class.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 4 HASS:

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-2, GE2-3.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Time required: 45 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate activity.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Butchers’ paper, Blu Tac, felt markers
  • OPTIONAL – Device capable of presenting a video to the class 


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional info

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