Production, Consumption & Waste Audit – Grade 8 to 11 – Inquiry Waste Learning

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. Four methods are presented in the lesson plan. You have the option of using one or all four methods.

Grade: 8 - 11

Prior Knowledge: Basic mathematical skills

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

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

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: Natural Science; Physical Science (Plastics and Polymers)

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