EPA Tasmania has recently developed a teaching resource on the
very topical issue of plastic waste. This primary school teaching
resource will enable students to investigate the role and uses of plastic in
our world, how plastic consumption and waste affects our environment
(particularly in the sea) and how students can reduce, re-use and recycle
The resource is aligned with various subject areas in the
Australian Curriculum, in particular the Science Curriculum. It is tailored for
Grade 4 students, but can also be applied in other classes.
There are 14 Lessons and 7 Extension activities: plenty to keep
teachers and students busy! Particularly with the advent of ABC
television’s War on Waste, there has been a lot of enthusiasm and uptake of the
resource by teachers.
EPA Tasmania acknowledges the support of DPIPWE’s Phil Wise and
the Marine Conservation Program, for supplying photos. And for the
ever-patient Gina Donnelly, for her ‘out of the box’ design work!
If staff know any teachers who may be interested in this
resource, see https://epa.tas.gov.au/sustainability/resources-for-schools/waste-education
Contact Maree Bakker for more information Maree.Bakker@epa.tas.gov.au