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reSolve: What a Load of Rubbish

In this series of three lessons, students conduct an audit of the rubbish they find in their playground. They use a range of categories to sort, display and interpret the data and make simple inferences. They then reclassify the rubbish collected as to whether it can be recycled, composted or if it needs to go into the bin. Finally, students audit the bins in different areas of the playground, compare the number of bins to the amount of rubbish and recyclable rubbish, and consider if the school rubbish bins are in the right place. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, sample answers, discussion points and student resources. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry program.

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Year level(s) Year 2
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords tables, rubbish, recycling, picture graphs, tallies, data collection, lists

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Statistics, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Data representation and interpretation
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMSP048 Identify a question of interest based on one categorical variable. Gather data relevant to the question
ACMSP049 Collect, check and classify data
ACMSP050 Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them
National numeracy learning progression Interpreting and representing data - IRD1, IRD2

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