Waste Warrior @ Work

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

How do we classify waste and how can we consciously make wise decisions as consumers? What are some of the innovative ways to reduce waste? In this course students not only improve their knowledge around our planet’s waste issues but they explore empowering options open to them as a Waste Warriors.

Background information:

Students are introduced to the range of scientific thinking around waste and waste disposal options. They will learn that generations of too much waste will quickly overwhelm existing landfill. Students will increase their ability to identify the material that common household waste is made of, and to separate recyclables and compost from non-recyclable rubbish items.  How might a school audit be a great starting point? Student are invited to participate in a class or school audit of current practices regarding waste management.

Year Level: 3 – 4

Prior knowledge:

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Course Connections:

Does this course link to other Ecolinc programs?

This course is an ideal extension after attending the following onsite program:

or this course can stand alone as a learning experience.

Learning intentions:

In this program students will:

  1. Understand the importance of preventing waste from entering the environment.
  2. Learn various strategies for minimising waste that goes to landfill.
  3. Discover how they can be actively involved in making a difference to how waste is managed at a class or school level.

Estimated Duration: 1 hour

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Science Understanding

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)

Science – Inquiry Skills

  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings(VCSIS070)
  • Participate in guided investigation including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions.
  • Use a range of methods including provided tables to sort information.
  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations.
  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends.

The Humanities – Diversity and significance of places and environments

  • Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably. (VCGGK082)

Course Creator: Jo Tate