OMG! – Oh My Garbage!

OMG

Oh My Garbage! is an interactive waste curriculum resources designed to encourage secondary students to take action to reduce waste and litter in their local area.

OMG! offers a series of engaging, ready-to-use lesson plans which investigate:

  1. Product and packaging life cycles
  2. Litter that ends up as marine debris
  3. The impacts of litter
  4. Kure Waste Chase (optional).

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About the Program

The OMG! units are suitable for Grades 7-10 and link directly to AusVELS. The toolkit aims to assist in fostering positive environmental values in students.

The program is adaptable; the units can be used in succession with linked learning outcomes or as stand-alone lessons, or parts of a lesson can be used. All lessons include a printable lesson plan with:

  • an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation (accessible for editing)
  • summary of purpose and objectives
  • links to the AusVELS curriculum
  • links with ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic
  • material lists
  • extension activity
  • further reading.

For more information about OMG! email resourcesmart@eev.vic.edu.au.

Read about the development of the OMG! program.

Lesson 1: Life Cycle Assessments

Every item has a life cycle, with stages that have environmental and social impacts, as it uses resources and generates waste. Some product life cycles can have surprising costs, both environmentally and financially.

This lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Life cycle assessment table
  • Extension activity

Lesson 2: Marine Debris

Items that are littered can have a profound impact on our environment, particularly our oceans. Our choices as consumers also affect the environment, as plastic resin pellets used to make all of our plastic items have become prevalent in the ocean, harming marine life. Local and state governments have laws in place to help combat littering and illegal dumping.

This lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Extension activity

Lesson 3: Litter Impacts

Litter does not only affect animals, it can also affect humans in their everyday life. This lesson explores the conflicting issues people may have in regards to litter and allows students to take ownership of a litter problem in their school.

This lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Litter Action Plan table and Litter Audit Data sheet
  • Extension activity

Optional Activity: Kure Waste Chase

One of the dirtiest beaches in the world, in Hawaii, is not due to local residents littering. The marine debris washing up on the Hawaiian coastline is from countries situated around the Pacific Rim. This activity is a fun online game where students learn about the effects our litter could have on other countries.

This lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation