Production, Consumption & Waste Audit – Grade 4 to 7 – Watching our Waste

Activity Introduction

An audit is a technique that through unbiased exploration helps establish the baseline levels of a particular facet of an organisation (your school in this case). Once baseline has been ascertained, you can move to improve wherever you fell short. To perform an environmental audit, one is required to investigate, measure, analyse and evaluate our environment, in an unbiased way using a resource or activity.

Grade: 4 - 7

Prior Knowledge: Tally system, basic mathematical skills

Resources Required: Waste audit worksheets, gloves, labels, large sheet of plastic/tarpaulin, paper, pencils/pens, clipboards (if available), dustbins filled with rubbish

Key Concepts & Skills: Waste Production and Management, Numeracy, Identifying, Recording, Planning, Analysing, Creativity & Innovation, Collaboration

Assessment Task (If Applicable): No

Extra Notes: Part of the lesson is outside so is weather dependent (preferably conducted on a morning with no wind). Safety issues regarding handling of waste should be discussed prior to the lesson

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Level of teacher facilitation: Moderate

Curriculum links: Life Skills; Mathematics; Natural Sciences (Sorting & Recycling Materials)

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