National Recycling Week - Recycle Rescue (NAPLAN Writing Practice)

National Recycling Week - Recycle Rescue (NAPLAN Writing Practice)

Lesson 6 of 6 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • Text Analysis
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will use a MobileMuster video to stimulate discussion about the benefits of recycling. Students will then complete a creative narrative writing task based on stimulus material which includes reference to mobile phones, printer cartridges and recycling bins. This writing task provides students with an opportunity to be imaginative and to further develop their own writing ‘voice’.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • get valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
  • engage in a narrative writing task that requires them to use their imagination to expand on a variety of stimulus material provided in the form of text and images.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • draw on a short video as stimulus for a narrative
  • create a clear, engaging narrative
  • use correct spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 English:

  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612).
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).

Syllabus outcomes: EN3-2A, EN3-7C

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.7, OI.9

Relevant parts of the Year 5 achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.

Unit of work: National Recycling week

Time required: 60 min

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity  

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Data projectors and compatible device capable of playing an online video
  • Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet)
  • Pen and paper for story writing


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

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Empathy

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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