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Year 4: Designing a waste solution unit overview - 2019
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Waste education in Design and Technologies for Year 4
The Designing a waste solution for your school: Year 4 unit overview provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to investigate waste management problems in your school and to devise innovative solutions to manage this waste more sustainably. Students use design and systems thinking to generate design ideas to solve problems and communicate their solutions to a wider audience.
The overview provides links to useful games, digital (including mapping) tools, and thinking strategies for planning, data gathering, ideation and evaluation.
Additional waste education resources for Years 3 and 4
It is intended to follow a Science unit of work on materials so that students can apply their knowledge to the choice of materials when designing the product. This unit overview is a companion resource to the Years 3 and 4: Waste in the classroom guides. They are organised by subject and by key waste topic and are designed to support teachers by providing easy-to-use, stand-alone activities which develop student understanding about waste issues. It identifies high quality curriculum resources linked to the Australian Curriculum F–10 that are suitable for Years 3 and 4 classrooms.
The guides provide links to high quality lesson plans, hands-on activities, videos, art projects made from reused or recycled items, games, book suggestions, science and STEM investigations, waste audits, and design and technology challenges. A range of active learning strategies using hands-on, inquiry-based or project-based activities with real-life contexts allow students to make sense of their world and support their decision-making processes and choices about caring for their environment.
The How to manage waste in schools and early learning centres section of the Waste Education Queensland website contains additional resources for managing waste in your centre or school including:
- Managing waste in your school
- Organic waste management in schools and early learning centres
- Waste education book list for children
- School grant application tips—expert know-how and links
- Waste education glossary
This resource supports the following Australian Curriculum links. 
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)—Geography
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
- How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
- How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
- How can people use environments more sustainably?
Technologies—Design and Technologies
Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)
The Arts—Media Arts
Plan, create and present media artworks for specific purposes with awareness of responsible media practice (ACAMAM060)
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)
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This document is part of the suite of free waste education resources at www.wasteeducation-qld.org