This is a level 2 and 3 mathematics in science contexts activity from the Figure It Out series.
A PDF of the student activity is included.
using language that relates to environmental resources.
coloured sticky notes
FIO, Levels 2+-3+, Sustainability, The 5Rs and Scram!, pages 1-3
30 5Rs cards (see copymaster)
Game (The 5Rs)
A card game that introduces ways of recycling household items or reducing our use of resources.
A game that helps you understand words about the environment and resources.
|water||A liquid that animals and plants need to live|
|resources||Materials or energy from the environment that are used to meet human needs or wants|
|air||What we need to breathe|
|renewable||Can be replaced by growing, making, or collecting more|
|environment||The world we live in|
|recharge||Replace used-up power|
|reduce||Cut down the amount of rubbish we produce|
|repair||Replace or mend a faulty part|
|reuse||Use more than once|
|biodegradeable||Decomposes or breaks down|
|non-renewable||Can’t be replaced after it has been used|
|waste||Any material that is discarded|
|recycle||Use waste materials to make new products|
|conservation||Protecting the environment and natural resources|
|inorganic||Not part of the animal or vegetable kingdom|
2. a. Examples will vary. Here are some possibilities:
|Word||Situation or example|
|water||In some parts of the world, there is not enough clean water for drinking.|
|resources||The air we breathe, the oil we extract for fuel, and the food we grow to eat are all resources because we use them to meet our needs and wants.|
|air||Air contains the oxygen that we need to live.|
|renewable||Grass is renewable because it grows back when eaten by animals.|
|environment||Our house, our school, the roads we travel on, and the fi elds we play sport in are all part of our environment.|
|recharge||Some batteries can be recharged so that they can be used again.|
|reduce||We can reduce the amount of food rubbish we produce by putting compostable material into a compost bin or heap.|
|repair||Things such as clothes, shoes, and electronic equipment can often be repaired so that they are “as good as new”.|
|reuse||We can reuse a water bottle by filling it again from the tap.|
|biodegradeable||Apple cores and banana peels will rot and decompose because they are biodegradable.|
|non-renewable||Oil is a non-renewable resource because once it is used, it cannot be replaced.|
|waste||Anything we put into the rubbish bin is waste.|
|recycle||Melting glass bottles to make new bottles is recycling.|
|conservation||Catch-and-release fishing is a form of conservation.|
|inorganic||Water and rocks are inorganic because they are not alive.|
b. Practical activity
c. Examples of extra words are: sustainable, natural, packaging, energy, solar, exploit, consume, soil.