Clean Up Australia Day is a day that is celebrated in many communities around Australia. With sustainability a cross-curricular priority in the Australian curriculum, Clean Up Australia Day provides a great reason to continue important conversations in your classroom. These three classroom activities will make it easy for you to teach your students about Clean Up Australia Day and how they can take care of their local environment.
This Rubbish Bin Sorting activity is perfect for the week before Clean Up Australia Day!
You can use the food and waste illustrations included in the download, as well as encouraging students to cut up images from catalogues and junk mail. Enlarging the rubbish bins to A3 size makes for a fun small group activity too.
- Students ‘rubbish sort’ catalogue pictures of items that they already have at home (or want to have!).
- Link this activity to a discussion about how many times an item is likely to be used and whether or not it will be recycled or end up in landfill.
A great sustainability activity for the lower years where students complete the sentences, colour in the pictures and fold the template into a mini-book.
You can also use the instructions in this video to learn how to fold a mini-book.
Why not use the publicity and conversation surrounding Clean Up Australia Day as a means to make a bigger change in your school community. North Queensland primary school student, Molly Steer, has called for schools around Australia to ditch single-use plastic straws.
Dozens of schools, businesses and other organisations have taken the Straw No More pledge, replacing single-use straws with environmentally friendly alternatives.
Check out this blog post, The Year 4 Student Helping to Save the Great Barrier Reef, for more information. You can also download this awesome Straw No More Information Sheet to share with members of your school community or to put up around your school or tuckshop.