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Plastic Waste Teaching Resource

​​​​​Use this primary school teaching resource to enable students 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 plastics. 

The resource is aligned with various subject areas in the Australian Curriculum, in particular the Science Curriculum. It is tailored for Grade 4 but can be applied in other classes also.


Download the whole Plastic Waste Teaching Manual:

  Teaching Manual - Waste - Grade 4 - Plastics   (2Mb)

Or download individual lesson plans:

  Curricular Links   (474Kb)

  Lesson 1 - Waste in Society   (213Kb)

  Lesson 2 - Plastic Fantastic   (361Kb)

  Lesson 2 Extension 1 - Plastic Collage   (323Kb)

  Lesson 3 - Packaging   (213Kb)

  Lesson 4 - Packaging-Free Lunch   (340Kb)

  Lesson 4 Extension 1 - Packaging at home   (212Kb)

  Lesson 5 - Plastic Bags   (588Kb)

  Lesson 5 Extension 1 - Paper bags vs. Plastic bags   (216Kb)

  Lesson 6 ​- Bottled Water   (338Kb)

  Lesson 6 Extension 1 - Windmills from PET Bottles   (396Kb)

  Lesson 6 Extension 2 - Bottle for Botol   (249Kb)

  Lesson 7 - Beach Cleanup   (330Kb)

  Lesson 8 - Plastic in the Sea   (369Kb)

  Lesson 8 Extension 1 - Garbage Guts   (208Kb)

  Lesson 9 - Microplastics   (379Kb)

  Lesson 10 - Marine animal entanglement experience   (382Kb)

  Lesson 11 - Make marine animals from marine litter   (387Kb)

  Lesson 12 - Art from Ghost Nets   (387Kb)

  Lesson 13 - Whales, Whale Rescue and Plastic   (516Kb)

  Lesson 13 Extension 1 - Build a Whale Sandcastle   (185Kb)

  Lesson 14 - Wrapping up Reducing, Re-using and Recycling Plastic   (360Kb)

  Lesson 14 Extension 1 ​- What is a MRF   (243Kb)


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