Life cycle analysis

Life cycle analysis

Lesson 1 of 2 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students build an understanding of how our demand for products can lead to environmental, social and economical issues. They investigate the life cycle of some common products and discover that they can make better selections when purchasing new items.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • develop an understanding of the concept of sustainability. 
  • recognise that they make choices that influence sustainability.
  • discover that in order to work out if a produce is sustainable they need to investigate its entire life cycle (from extraction to disposal).

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content description:

Year 3 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 Science: 

  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)

General capabilities: Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking

Syllabus OutcomesST2-11LW, ST2-10LW, ST2-13MW

Time needed: 80 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium

Resources required

  • Cool Australia Student Worksheet, bring in everyday items for the students to research.

Additional info

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