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Paper Waste Teaching Resource

​​​​​This teaching resource covers topics such as: how paper is made, how much paper we use, how paper consumption and waste affects biodiversity, water use, energy use and climate change. Suggestions are provided on how we can reduce, re-use and recycle paper and how schools can cut down on paper consumption. The resource is tailored for Grade 3, but could be adapted for other grade levels. The resource provides alignment with the Australian Curriculum in various subject areas, including science and the cross curricular priority of sustainability. 


Download the whole Paper Waste Teaching Manual:

Waste - A Teaching Manual Grade 3 - Paper 

Or download the individual lesson plans: 

Curricular links 

Lesson 1 Paper - What is it made from? 

Lesson 1 Extension 1 Draw or paint an animal from the biodiversity investigation

Lesson 1 Extension 2 Write a poem

Lesson 1 Extension 3 History of paper and writing 

Lesson 2 Environmental impacts of papermaking 

Lesson 3 How much paper do we use?

Lesson 3 Extension 1 Box-in-a-Box Game 

Lesson 3 Extension 2 Origami Flowers

Lesson 3 Extension 3 Crazy Birds 

Lesson 3 Extension 4 Junk mail 

Lesson 4 How much paper are we recycling?

Lesson 4 Extension 1 Making handmade paper 

Lesson 5 Waste paper reduction in school 

Lesson 5 Extension 1 Paper bag game

Lesson 5 Extension 2 Make a school recycling poster 

Lesson 5 Extension 3 Hand-made books 

Waste Minimisation Officer
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au