National Recycling Week - Adopt An Element

National Recycling Week - Adopt An Element

Lesson 3 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students use an online periodic table to investigate and compare the atomic structure of metals, some of their properties, how they are used and their abundance as a resource. Students organise their information using the lotus diagram thinking tool. Then students create an ‘adopt an element’ poster that demonstrates the properties and uses of aluminium.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • apply the periodic table to learning about metals showing that elements that are grouped together have similar properties.
  • look for patterns about the relative abundance of metals and their application as a resource. 

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Lesson details


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

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

Additional info

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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