Clean Up Australia - Getting Involved

Clean Up Australia - Getting Involved

Lesson 15 of 15 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 10
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will plan and participate in Schools Clean Up Day (or a Clean Up on any other day of the year). In groups, they will choose a site within the school or local community and make the necessary arrangements for the Clean Up. Students will collect data on what they find during the Clean Up and from this data they will determine some possible sources and solutions to their schools rubbish problem. Alternatively, you may want to organise Schools Clean Up Day yourself and then get students to complete an analysis of the results.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the impacts of litter
  • take responsibility for litter in their school community
  • will think of new ways to do things.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain why waste is a problem for our environment
  • plan and participate in a Clean Up event.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be aligned with a variety of learning areas and year levels.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

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

Time required: Start planning two weeks before your Clean Up event. 

Resources required


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

  • community engagement
  • communication
  • 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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