Grade 3-4: Trash or Treasure?

This module, explains why it is important to be concerned about what happens to our waste. In each lesson, students rethink waste and look at solutions using the 5 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Reflect.

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources3 x lesson plans
3 x presentations
3 x teacher’s notes
2 x supporting resources
Learner resources3 x worksheets
3 x supporting resources
Projects – experimentsn/a

Model Key Questions

By the end of this module your learners should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Why should we be concerned about what happens to our waste?
  • Why is it important to think of wastes in terms of organic and inorganic?
  • How important are our habits when thinking about waste management?
  • How can sorting our wastes help us reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill?
  • What would happen if no one paid any attention to the waste they create and threw every bit of it away?
  • How does keeping the 5Rs in mind give me a tool for managing my waste better?
  • What actions can I take right away to apply the 5Rs?
  • How can I share the 5Rs with other people?
  • If everyone practices the 5Rs, what impact will those practices have on our community? the world?

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 3-4 | 9-10 years
CAPS subjectLife skills
Subject strandBeginning knowledge and personal and social well-being
What happens to our waste?
Making compost & managing waste

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS)and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills, and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).
Not Enrolled

Module Includes

  • 3 Lessons

Zero Waste Toolkit 1-page Brochure