Sustaining Our World Unit Plan

Teach Starter Publishing
11 x lessons | Suitable for years: 4

This Geography unit addresses concepts surrounding the sustainable use and management of natural resources.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.


  • To identify some natural resources and where they come from.
  • To explore how humans use natural resources and raw materials in the present day.
  • To investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' views about sustainability.
  • To investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' ways of living were adapted to the resources of their Country/Place.
  • To explore the effects and potential consequences of water overuse.
  • To explore the effects and potential consequences of overfishing.
  • To explore the effects and potential consequences of deforestation.
  • To investigate sustainable water use.
  • To investigate sustainable fishing practices.
  • To investigate sustainable forestry practices.
  • To apply waste management strategies to reduce classroom waste.

Preparing for Learning

This Geography unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. LiteracyNumeracy and History.
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a Sustainability display in the classroom. Display postersword wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Sustainability topic on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.



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