Strand: Environmental Awareness and Care

Lesson: Litter Awareness


1. To develop in the pupils a sense of pride in their class room and their local town.
2. To encourage them to dispose of litter appropriately by using the available bins.
3. To develop an awareness in the pupils that litter causes pollution.
4. To encourage discussion on the topic - Litter Awareness
5. To help the pupils evaluate and record their findings using the I.T. equipment; i.e. computer, digital camera, laptop, keyboard and printer.


1. To make the children aware of their immediate environment i.e. the classroom
2. Classify and sort the rubbish to determine what can be recycled.
3. To observe litter in the main street, taking special notice of footpaths, kerbs and openings between buildings.
4. To measure the distance between the bins and observe, how many bins are available between the school gates and the library.
5. Are these empty or full?
6. Classify, record and photograph rubbish found e.g. gum , cigarette butts, glass, dog fouling etc.
7. Return to the classroom, discuss, evaluate and record our findings.

Materials Needed
worksheets - questionnaire,
trundle wheel
digital camera
laptop and printer


Divide the class into four groups of six. Explain tasks as follows:


1.Group 1:One pupil in charge of measuring, using the trundle wheel. One pupil observing and pointing out litter that the group might fail to observe.

2. Groups 2 & 3 - Inside the classroom : One pupil empties the contents of the classroom bin on to a table covered with a plastic sack. Each group observes, records and classifies the rubbish. Photograph the contents of the bin. Each group observes the classroom - is it tidy? How many bins are in the classroom? Is the bin empty or full? What kinds of rubbish are in the bin?

3. Group 3 proceeds to the Main Street. Measure the distance between the bins. Record the rubbish found on the street. Observe to see if the bins are full. Look out for hazard, i.e. stray dogs, dog fouling, broken glass. Photograph an interesting aspect of our survey.


4. Return to the classroom, discuss, evaluate and record our findings.
Digital photos developed and used to discuss and reinforce concepts explored during lesson.


Categorise all waste and litter.
Can we cut down on our litter/waste?
Which litter could be recycled?
( glass, paper, cartons, cans and plastic)
What was the most offensive source of pollution on main street?
Litter causes pollution which can be a health hazard and also endangers wild life.

Survey and group tasks may provide scope for further exploration of science topics e.g. nutrition, hygiene, disease, water and light.

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