Return to Sender

Return to Sender

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Mathematics
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students collect junk mail from home and bring it to the class to investigate mathematically. Students participate in a range of mathematical activities around their junk mail, including counting the number of pieces of junk mail collected, weighing the mail, measuring the length and area the mail covers. The class will then make their own ‘no junk mail’ sign to take home.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • know what junk mail is and why it is used
  • recognise the environmental impacts of junk mail
  • know some actions they can take to reduce the negative impacts of junk mail on our environment.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • think critically about junk mail
  • measure, sort and compare objects mathematically
  • participate in class discussions
  • participate in class art projects.

Lesson guides and printables

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Student Worksheet
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Lesson details


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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Resources required

  • Junk mail
  • Scales
  • Ruler
  • Art resources

Additional info

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