Students sort a collection of solid waste items, explaining what they think happens to each item.
- begin to recognise that different types of waste are disposed of in different ways.
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Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 English:
- Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)
Year 3 Science:
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 4 English:
- Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)
Year 4 Geography:
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – collect waste materials and manage practical exercise.
- Sticky notes, pens, butcher’s paper
- A basket or box containing samples of a variety of clean household solid waste (for safety reasons, it’s best not to use glass). Suggested items could include a paper envelope, cardboard box, aluminium can, steel can, plastic cream bottle, plastic milk bottle, milk carton, old t-shirt, carrot, broken toy, old shoe, leaves, branch of tree. Make sure that there are no sharp edges on any of the items.
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