What A Load Of Rubbish

Australian curriculum number (ACMSP048; ACMSP049;ACMSP050)

Students learn to use a column graph to display data so they can draw conclusions and make inferences. They use a dataset to make informed decisions and consider the ways in which they can best respond as responsible citizens.

This sequence is for students who:

  • have had previous experience constructing picture graphs.

There are strong connections to the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability.


Lesson 1: Recording Rubbish

Students conduct an audit of the rubbish they find in their playground. They use a range of categories to sort and display the data, then interpret the data and make simple inferences.

Lesson 2: Reducing Rubbish

Students learn about different ways of recycling and composting. They sort collected rubbish according to whether it can be recycled, composted or if it needs to go into the bin. Students create a graph based on the data and make inferences.

Lesson 3: Put it in the Bin

Students audit the bins in different areas of the playground. They compare the number of bins to the amount of general rubbish and recyclable rubbish found in the different areas. They are asked to consider if the school rubbish bins are in the right place.


Last updated June 12 2020.