Clean Up Australia - Resourceful Rubbish

Clean Up Australia - Resourceful Rubbish

Lesson 7 of 13 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will learn about recycling, separating rubbish and how we can use re-use items rather than put them in the waste bin! Students will understand the importance of reducing landfill waste and explore ways in which we can be creative and re-use items. They create a new product out of some schoolyard waste and design a TV advert for their new product.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • develop a sense of responsibility around the waste that they produce
  • build an understanding of the benefits of recycling
  • discover new ways that waste items can be reused.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • make recommendations about why we should recycle
  • suggest ideas for reusing waste by planning/creating a TV commercial.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English:

  • Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Year 3 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Year 4 Geography:

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

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-3ST2-11LW, ST2-4WSEN2-6B

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.

Time required: 120 minutes, plus extra time for students to collaboratively create a TV advert. 

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium.

Resources Required

  • A range of packaging items
  • Device capable of filming if you want to record the student’s presentations
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • String

Skills

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

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving

Additional Info

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Clean Up Day or a Clean Up on any day of the year. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

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