The 5Rs

The 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are commonly used to help people remember to be responsible with their waste. In this 50-minute lesson, Learners expand the 3Rs to the 5Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Reflect. The term rot helps them remember the importance of composting. Learners explore the term reflect to learn how to be aware of and question their personal behaviours and more global issues related to waste. Learners demonstrate what they learned by working together to create a set of posters they can share around the community. In this way, they also learn how to be advocates for social change.

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 3 | 8-9
CAPS subjectLife Skills
Subject strandBeginning knowledge.
Personal and social well-being (Healthy environment).
What happens to our waste?
Re-using, recycling, and reducing
Making compost out of things that decompose.

What’s included in this lesson?

Teacher resources1 lessons worth of teaching material
Learner resources1 lessons worth of learning material

Lesson key questions

  • 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?

Lesson type

Eco-101: This lesson defines and describes basic concepts that learners can build upon later.

Not Enrolled

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