Creative Sustainability - The Colours of Waste

Creative Sustainability - The Colours of Waste

Lesson 7 of 8 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 2
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • The Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students investigate the types of waste they use in the classroom and at home. They then analyse where this waste comes from and where it will go. Students are introduced to the 4Rs, and will focus specifically on the issue of ‘Reuse’ by making a waste colour wheel. Students will first make a colour wheel, and then will have one week to collect waste materials of different colours to add to their colour wheel. Finally, they reflect on the importance of reducing waste, and consider other ways of reusing waste in art projects.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what waste is, where it comes from and where it goes
  • understand what the 4Rs are and how they can help us to create less waste
  • understand what a colour wheel is and know how to make and use a colour wheel
  • recognise how waste materials can be reused in art projects.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain what waste is, where it comes from, where it goes and how to make less waste
  • establish what the 4Rs are
  • make and use a colour wheel.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 1 HASS:

  • Activities in the local place and reasons for their location (ACHASSK033).

Year 2 Science:

  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose (ACSSU031).

Foundation to Year 2 Visual Art

  • Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107).

Syllabus outcomes: GE1-2, ST1-12MW, VAS1.2.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 1 HASS achievement standards: Students describe how places can be cared for.

Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students identify that certain materials and resources have different uses.

Relevant parts of Year F-2 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination, using different techniques and processes.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Foundation to Year 2 – Visual Arts.

Time required: 60+ minutes (students will need to collect waste materials over the course of a week).

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in discussion and guide students in creating colour wheels.

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

  • Communication
  • Creativity

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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