Using Investigation and Discussion to Inquire about Issues in Primary Social Studies, pp. 11 of 15

Lesson 1

  • What are the different uses of plastic?
  • How effective is the disposal of plastics in landfill?
  • What are the properties of plastic bags that make them attractive to users?
  • Why should Singaporeans be concerned about the use of plastic bags?
  • Which organisations target to raise public awareness of the need to reduce the use of plastic bags?

Lesson 2

  • Where do the plastic bags we use daily land up in the end?
  • What are the consequences of excessive use of plastic bags on the environment?
  • Who are affected by the consequences of our actions?
  • How does excessive plastic bag usage affect Singapore’s image to the world?

Lesson 3

  • What are some measures undertaken by Singapore and the other countries in reducing the use of plastic bags in supermarkets?
  • How effective are these measures? 

Lesson 4

  • How will the ban of plastic bags in supermarkets impact different groups of people in Singapore?
  • Do you agree that plastic bags should be banned in the supermarkets in Singapore?  

Lesson 5

  • What can we do to resolve this issue while meeting the needs of affected people?
  • What are some alternatives to using plastic bags? 

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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