With the assistance of a teacher, students identify the Australasian Recycling Labels and the purpose behind them – specifically the intention of reducing material waste and helping the environment. Students will then play a fun, physical game of Hopscotch with the intention of practising associating common household and classroom waste with the appropriate Australasian Recycling Label.
- learn to identify the three Australasian Recycling Labels on a piece of packaging
- practice matching that Label to a specific action and/or disposal method
- will discuss the purpose and need for recycling.
- locate the Australasian Recycling Labels on a piece of packaging
- tell the difference between the three Australasian Recycling Labels
- perform different actions with different types of packaging
- recycle pieces of packaging in the correct bin.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
- Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)
- Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
- Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)
- Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Foundation Year achievement standards:
By the end of the Foundation Year, students describe the properties and behaviour of familiar objects.
By the end of Year 2, students describe the purpose of familiar products, services and environments and how they meet a range of present needs.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: National Recycling Week – Primary
Time required: 50 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Teacher facilitates instructions and the playing of the game
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.