Bin, Bin, Drop the Waste In

In this lesson, the “Litter Villain” (class teacher) sneaks into the classroom when learners are away and spreads (carefully prepared) litter all over the place. When learners return, they use their senses to observe the classroom and express how they feel about the litter. The learners then wear plastic gloves and work together to pick up the waste. Then, as a class, they investigate four categories of litter: plastic, paper, aluminium, and plant materials that can be composted. They identify the characteristics of each category by observing the size, colour, texture, weight, and smell of sample items. Then they work in teams to dispose of all the waste in the room in the proper recycling or waste bins, thereby defeating Litter Villain. The lesson concludes with a slideshow that wraps up the basic concept of waste, including where it comes from, how much we generate, how it can be a big problem if it builds up, and how recycling can help

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade R/1 | 5-7
Term3
CAPS subjectLife Skills
Subject strandBeginning knowledge.
Personal and social well-being (Healthy environment).
Sub-topicsThe importance of recycling.
Ways in which people pollute the environment.
Importance of a clean environment.

What’s included in this lesson?

Teacher resources2 lessons worth of teaching material
Learner resources2 lessons worth of learning material

Lesson key questions

  • What is waste?
  • What happens to the things we throw away?
  • What is recycling?

Lesson type

Eco-Activity: This lesson is a procedure-driven activity that can be used to guide learners to confirm foundational knowledge.

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