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Summary Page: Love your rubbish - a sustainable look at waste
Term 3 starting 12 September 2017.



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Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish? On this 2017 field trip you will firstly look at waste from the perspective of energy, with a focus on generating energy from green waste to power electric vehicles. Secondly, you will take a big picture view of the Kate Valley landfill as an entire ecosystem, investigating its natural and built environments with their people, machines, buildings, animals, plants, microbes, soil, water, air, and the interactions between them.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Green waste and where it goes
  • Decomposition and methane gas
  • Closing the loop - collecting methane gas to generate electricity
  • Electric cars and trucks
  • The environment and modern landfills
  • The special liner used in modern landfills
  • Kate Valley's human-made environment
  • Kate Valley's natural environment
  • Opportunities for community projects, arising from a modern landfill project
  • Restoration, sustainability and the life of a modern landfill.

During this field trip you will:

  • See Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • Go for ride on an electric vehicle
  • Be inducted and get kitted out so you can enter the working area of the landfill
  • Test the special liner used in the landfill using liquids and sharp objects
  • Inspect the network of pipes in the landfill, used to collect methane gas
  • Visit the on-site generators to find out how the make electricity
  • Measure the amount of electricity generated from landfill material
  • Investigate the plants and animals of the landfill ecosystem
  • See how Kate Valley landfill has provided an opportunity for local native species restoration projects and for the creation of new recreation amenities.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Reflect on how much green waste you produce
  • Find out more about your local landfill
  • Influence at least one other person to improve the way they behave as a citizen in dealing with green waste
  • Use a recreation amenity in your local area, that you have never used before.

Where you will go

Did you know that we in New Zealand dispose of enough rubbish to fill a rugby field 30 stories high every month - even though over half of the rubbish we put in our rubbish bags can be recycled or composted? It's the choices we make that determine how much rubbish goes to landfills. This field trip takes you to the Kate Valley landfill in North Canterbury. In 2005 Kate Valley replaced 52 old landfills spread throughout Canterbury and combined them into a single operation. Kate Valley is about 60km north of Christchurch just off SH1 near Waipara. The landfill operation uses 37 Hectares and the entire site is 1,000 Hectares. After sorting and compacting, waste comes from as far away as Ashburton.

Teacher comments about previous Love Your Rubbish field trips

"This field trip was well pitched to my class level, informative and kept the students engaged. The field trip and its sustainability theme supports all learning areas of the curriculum, especially science and social studies." Kaye Gilman from Paraparaumu School

"I have been running an online class with my Social Studies class. The virtual field trip enabled the students to utilise a variety of tools and learning medium to enhance their learning. Linked with the topic of Sustainability extremely well." Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Physical World Level 2, Material World Level 2; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Economic World Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 2-4

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: business, Canterbury, carbon cycle, catchment, changing values, chemical reactions, consequences of consumption, ecosystems, electric vehicles, electricity, electric generation, energy, environment, geology, GPS, green waste, land use, landfill, methane, resource use, restoration, risk management, sustainability, technological innovation, transport, water quality

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