Strand: Environmental Awareness and Care

Lesson: Conserving Resources

1. To give children an opportunity to compare plastic with paper which is made from a natural product.
2.To introduce recycling - rubbish in homes that can be recycled
3. To prompt a discussion on how recycling can help protect our environment
4. To discuss the three main forms of pollution - air, water and soil, and to make the children aware that there is another form of pollution - Noise Pollution.
Materials Needed
CD Rom Disc - Mad About Science, Matter (DK)


Discussion on different types of pollution
What causes air pollution? How it effects wildlife?
Water pollution - rubbish that is thrown into our rivers and seas - how it effects life in the rivers?
soil pollution
- recycling, caring for the environment

Children asked:
What ways could rubbish be reduced or recycled?

Decrease the number of plastic bags given out in supermarkets
Look out for products which are not packaged.
Choosing glass bottles, bring our own shopping bags


Set up laptop and projector, and use Software CD Rom Mad About Science - Matter
Children operate the mouse
Play sections on: Rocks, Oils, Plastic, Rubber and Animals
Through a series of questions, children add to and reinforce concepts already discussed.


Experiment to compare the time needed for paper and plastic to break up.
Children return to the experiment over the week to see what has happened to the paper and to the plastic.
Children record results on an ongoing basis.

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