Weight of Waste

This module deals with the hot topic of waste from a problem and challenge-oriented focus to that of a more solution-based focus. Learners will be engaged with the topic of waste from multiple perspectives, first understanding the topic as best as possible, and then making the move to understanding the broader impacts that waste poses to our environment and society. 
The module ends with learners partaking in an upcycling competition, just one of the solutions available for managing and re-using waste available to us. 
In thought-provoking and practical ways, this module makes waste relevant and fun. 

Whats included in this theme?

Teacher resources4 x lesson plans
3 x presentation
3 x teachers notes
3 x rubric/score sheet
Learner resources1 x article
3 x supporting resource
Projects – experiments2 x practical activity
1 x activity

Theme key questions

  • What is the difference between how wastes are managed in nature versus by humans?
  • How can you apply the 5Rs to manage your waste production? Why do electronics cause concern for waste management?
  • Can you relate to NIMBY attitudes? (In other words, would you want an incinerator built near your house?)
  • How is “designed for the dump” thinking harming our society?
  • What are some options for reducing e-waste?
  • How does considering the negative waste implications of plastic bottles provide perspective about a larger waste management issue?
  • How can thinking like a designer help with waste management issues? In your household, what are some products that are commonly thrown away or placed in recycling?
  • How might you repurpose those products to upcycle them into something you or your family could use?
  • Why are many consumer societies referred to as “throwaway societies”?

Theme alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 9 | 13-15 years
Term 4
CAPS subject Geography
Subject strandResource Use and Sustainability
Sub-topicsSustainable use of resources and the role of the consumer in reducing waste through responsible consumption

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 Cambridgeand 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 to an appropriate United Nation Sustainable Development Goal(s).

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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons