Visy Education - Understanding the Waste Problem - Years 5 & 6

Visy Education - Understanding the Waste Problem - Years 5 & 6

Lesson 3 of 8 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson forms part of a Design Thinking Unit in which students identify issues relating to recycling, build an understanding of the impact that not recycling can have in their own community, work to find and prototype a solution, then take action in their community that addresses the issues they have identified. In this lesson, students will gather information about habits and attitudes in order to build empathy with their school community. They will complete surveys, interviews, observations and audits planned in a previous lesson and then discuss, analyse and share their findings. Students will begin to develop ideas for action based on the information they have gathered in the next lesson.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what an end-user is
  • be able to empathise with end-users

Success criteria: 

Students can...

  • survey, interview and/or observe community members’ perspectives on and habits relating to recycling
  • conduct surveys and interviews to find out about the issue of recycling
  • consider the reasons for differing points of view
  • record and display data, making use of charts, tables and graphs

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Curriculum mapping

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Unit of work: Visy Education – Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems – Year 5 & 6.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – tasks within the Design Thinking unit are designed to encourage students to work independently and in groups to develop their own ideas and actions. The teacher will need to observe and monitor groups, conferencing when appropriate and providing support to interpret and present data and plan and implement actions.

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Skills

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

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Global citizenship
  • Social skills

Additional info

This lesson has been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia and New Zealand’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.

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