Tes is a resourceful website that teachers can sign up to for support in a range of key learning areas. There are some useful and valuable resources on recycling and sustainability. You can also engage in a 'community' with other educators and share through blogs.
The following design brief promotes the importance of recycling and sustainability.
Context: The context is Grade 3-4 students who will be performing in an upcoming school concert to raise funds and awareness of Earth Day, with the major focus being on recycling. Each student needs to make their own puppet for the performance to showcase the different ways you can recycle and reuse materials.
Challenge statement: The ‘Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies’ document states that students in Grades 3-4 should successfully be able to: plan, select, safely use and evaluate the process of creating their puppet. The challenge is to design and create a puppet using recycled materials including: natural, recycled and everyday household items, and tools and equipment.
Parameters: Time and details to be included:
One lesson to plan a puppet on an A4 piece of paper or using the computer to design the puppet. Either design methods need to include a detailed diagram with labelled parts and a list of materials.Two lessons to create and construct the puppet, using easily accessible materials.One lesson to reflect on the process and product. This reflection will be written using 1 A4 page and will include the follow questions: What worked and why? What didn’t work and why? What changes could you make to improve the puppet? How did you effectively use recycled and reusable materials?
Cost and Materials:
Materials must be recycled and reusable. E.g. cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, paddle pop sticks and any other materials that can be found and used appropriately. They must be readily available at home or in the classroom. Materials such as: split pins, sticky tape, scissors and glue may be used to assist in the creation process.
• investigate and evaluate the range of technologies, materials, systems, tools and equipment that support local community needs with consideration of sustainability.
• produce designed, sustainable solutions for design projects by purposefully planning, selecting, safely using and evaluating technologies, materials including natural, recycled and everyday household items, and tools and equipment.
Evaluation You will be assessed on:
- A clear and detailed plan with thoughtful ideas on the design and creation of the puppet, including all the necessary materials required. - Puppet must use recyclable and reusable materials. Other materials can be used to a minimum. - Student required minimal assistance and guidance in the creation of their puppet. - Puppet functions well and achieves its purpose. - Detailed and insightful reflection on the process and product.
Cereal boxes Paddle pop sticks Split pins Sticky tape Scissors Glue Household items e.g. material, old clothing, paper etc.
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