National Recycling Week - Properties Of Beverage Containers

National Recycling Week - Properties Of Beverage Containers

Lesson 2 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students use chilled water to test the properties of beverage containers to hold either hot or cold drinks. They use their findings to explain their recommendations for which containers are best for being used for different purposes. They take into account the ability to recycle the containers then develop a video advertisement that demonstrates their learnings.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • plan experiments to find solutions to a given problem
  • use the results of the experiments to recommend the best materials for beverages
  • develop a communication project that makes recommendations that also include environmental factors.  

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Lesson details


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

  • Communication
  • Collaboration

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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