Through independent research, students will learn the design of and purpose behind the Australasian Recycling Labels. They will then creatively communicate these understandings and the labels to others in the form of an interactive board game.
- discover a detailed understanding of the Australasian Recycling Label, and the evidence and intention behind it
- critically evaluate and discuss the need for recycling
- creatively communicate their understandings of how the Australasian Recycling Labels function.
- understand and summarise the evidence-based system behind the Australasian Recycling Label
- critically evaluate the purpose and intention behind the Australasian Recycling Label
- effectively and creatively communicate these understandings to others.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 & 6 HPE:
- Recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours (ACPPS057)
Year 5 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)
Year 6 Science:
- Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible (ACSSU095)
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)
Year 5 & 6 Technologies:
- Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use (ACTDEK019)
- Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023)
- Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP025)
Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts:
- Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
- Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 5&6 achievement standards:
- Students discuss how scientific developments have affected people’s lives, help us solve problems
- Students communicate their ideas and findings using multimodal texts
- By the end of Year 6, students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of solutions to meet a range of present and future needs
- By the end of Year 6, students describe competing considerations in the design of products, services and environments, taking into account sustainability
- By the end of Year 6, students explain how ideas are communicated in artworks they make. Students structure elements and processes of arts subjects to make artworks that communicate meaning.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: National Recycling Week – Primary
Time required: 120 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Teacher to introduce the topic and general ideas, and allow students to explore and research independently
- Coloured pencils
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Digital research device, such as an iPad or computer
- Paper (A3)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Global citizenship
- Problem solving
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.