The Impacts of Materials Extraction

The Impacts of Materials Extraction

Lesson 7 of 10 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
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Lesson summary

Students explore a range of possible pipe materials and the impacts the extraction of these materials might have on our environment. They will compare and analyse these materials and make recommendations about which materials have the least impact in terms of extraction. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • determine the environmental impacts of extraction for materials that could be used in pipe design
  • recognise extraction as a criteria by which to assess a material that could be used in a design.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • be familiar with a range of different materials for pipe design
  • assess and compare the extraction impacts of these materials and made recommendations on the best materials to use for pipes.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies:

Students learn to:

  • select and use suitable materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions (AC9TDE6P03).

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Syllabus outcomes: ST3-2DP-T, ST3-3DP-T.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies achievement standards:

Students explain how people design products to meet the needs of communities, including sustainability. Students select and justify design ideas and solutions against design criteria that include sustainability.

Skills

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

  • communication
  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • problem finding
  • problem-solving

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target 6.2: By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

UN SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Resources required

  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet - one per student
  • Lifecycle of a Pencil
  • Student worksheets - one copy per student plus one extra per group

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion and oversee group tasks.

Special thanks to:

Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) is a non-profit association that is committed to future-focused leadership. Through research, education, technical expertise and advocacy, they help advance the use of plastic pipes and fittings as a smart, efficient and sustainable solution.

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