Why waste it?

Why waste it?

Lesson 6 of 9 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • ...

Lesson summary

This activity has been designed to encourage your students to think more deeply about solid waste and how we dispose of it. The first part of the activity is based around a class discussion. In the second part of the activity, the students will try to place different types of solid waste into the correct bins (worksheets provided).

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • develop a sense of responsibility around the waste that they produce.
  • identify different types of waste disposal methods and the reasons for them.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

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)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Year 4 Geography:

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE2-3ST2-11LW, ST2-4WSEN2-6B.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – leads discussion and directs activity.

Resources required

  • Pens, scissors, glue
  • Printouts of worksheets for each student or group (Types of waste and Types of waste disposal), Why waste it – answers
  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet

Additional info

This is an original Cool.org lesson. Facts and figures in these lessons may have changed since this lesson was published. We always endeavour to update our resources in a timely manner, but if you see an error or issue in our resources please get in touch with us.

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