National Recycling Week - Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz

National Recycling Week - Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz

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  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and understanding about the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones and printer cartridges. Students will work in small groups to prepare questions for their own “Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz”. By creating their own quiz game, students will have the opportunity to work co-operatively, practice their research skills, learn how to organise information, develop their written and verbal communication skills, and appreciate the importance of rules and fair play.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • work in small groups to prepare questions for a class quiz
  • compete in small groups to answer the questions they and their classmates have created in the hope of being declared “Recycle Rescue Trivia Quiz Champions”
  • learn that by recycling at home and at school, they not only make their waste pile smaller, but they also reduce the consumption of natural resources'.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • form their own questions about e-waste
  • conduct research to answer their questions about e-waste
  • critically assess their thought processes around electronic consumption.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
  • Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)

Year 8 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
  • Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)

Syllabus OutcomesEN4-2A, EN4-3B, EN4-4B.

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

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

Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards: Students make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language features to engage the audience. When creating and editing texts they demonstrate understanding of grammar, use a variety of more specialised vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation

Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards: Students make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language patterns for effect. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.

Unit of lessons: National Recycling week

Time required: 100 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers required to facilitate and guide students in creating and playing the Trivia Quiz

Resources required

  • Laptops with internet access (one device per pair of students)
  • Optional: PowerPoint presentation software, and a classroom projector


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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