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Description

A young girl sorting her recycling at home is compared with the recycling process at a recycling plant. The pros and cons of both methods are shown.
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First broadcast:
4 March 2008

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to capture interest at the beginning of a lesson on recyclable materials (as part of a wider topic on materials and their properties). After watching the clip, children could be presented with a selection of materials to test and sort into groups (plastic, glass, paper, metal). Can they select equipment needed to test the properties of materials (for example, a magnet to test steel or iron)? Can the children use correct vocabulary to describe the properties of materials (such as transparent or flexible)? Are there any materials that aren't recyclable? Pupils could make a record of the different waste products thrown out each week at home. Which recycling bin is the most full at the end of the week? Why do they think that is? Pupils could construct a graph of this data and compare their findings with other class members.