National Recycling Week - Closing The Loop

National Recycling Week - Closing The Loop

Lesson 4 of 4 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will work with information about ‘closing the loop’ in the life cycles of consumer products through waste recovery and recycling. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 3 and 4 in the subject of Design and Technologies.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • become familiar with the term ‘closing the loop’ as it relates to production processes.
  • use their pre-existing knowledge and skills to engage with online resources.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Years 3 & 4 Design and Technologies

  • Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)
  • Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment (ACTDEP017)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-11LW, ST2-14BE, ST2-15I, ST2-16P.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking.
Time needed: 60 minutes.

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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Additional info

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.

National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge. 

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