Sustaining Our World Unit Plan

Sustaining Our World Unit Plan

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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.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

What Are Natural Resources?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify some natural resources and where they come from.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Natural Resource Use in the 21st Century

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how humans use natural resources and raw materials in the present day.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Sustainability - Ask the Experts

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' views about sustainability.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Adapting to Country/Place

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' ways of living were adapted to the resources of their Country/Place.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Overuse of Water

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the effects and potential consequences of water overuse.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Overfishing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the effects and potential consequences of overfishing.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Deforestation

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the effects and potential consequences of deforestation.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Sustainable Water Use

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate sustainable water use.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Sustainable Fishing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate sustainable fishing practices.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Sustainable Forestry

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate sustainable forestry practices.

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Lesson 11 (Assessment) 60 minutes

How Much Waste Do We Throw Away?

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will apply waste management strategies to reduce classroom waste.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Knowledge and Understanding > Geography > ACHASSK090
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainablyElaborationsidentifying some of the resources produced by the environment and where they com...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Communicating > ACHASSI082
Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific termsElaborationscomposing, in a range of different text typ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI081
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actionsElaborationsreflecting on learning with the assistance of tools such as a K...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI078
Interpret data and information displayed in different formats, to identify and describe distributions and simple patternsElaborationsdecoding the meaning of symbols and emblems associated with Austral...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Questioning > ACHASSI073
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issuesElaborationsasking questions before, during and after an investigation using tools such as a KWL chart (what they know, what they want to...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Knowledge and Understanding > Geography > ACHASSK089
The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainabilityElaborationsrecognising that the distribution of Ab...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI080
Interact with others with respect to share points of viewElaborationsparticipating in role-plays and simple debates which allow for equal presentation of viewpoints (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Cre...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI077
Examine information to identify different points of view and distinguish facts from opinionsElaborationsexploring different points of view about a familiar event (for example, Australia Day, National ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI075
Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventionsElaboration...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI079
Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and dataElaborationsdescribing risks in past times (for example, for those involved in sea travel, exploration and colonisation) and making inf...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI074
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observationsElaborationsidentifying the types of sources suited to historical, geographical, civic and cultural inquiry and di...


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