A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ views about sustainability.
This lesson plan includes the following resources:
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that some of the content in this lesson may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Revise the content of the unit so far. Ask the students:
What are some of the problems associated with natural resource use in the 21st century?
Do you think we are currently using natural resources in a responsible manner?
How do our actions need to change in the future?
Write the word ‘sustainability’ on the board. Encourage the students to share their ideas about what this concept might mean. Do not be concerned if the students have few ideas to contribute at this stage.
Watch the What is Sustainability? video on YouTube. After watching, use the information presented in the video to create a simple definition of sustainability as a class.
What were some of the foods the students ate while they were ‘on Country’?
How were trees and native plants used?
Why is it important for this knowledge to be passed on to future generations?
Display and discuss the class activity on slide 10. Ask the students to imagine what their local area might have looked like prior to European arrival. Using the questions on the slide as a prompt, create a list of natural resources that might have been useful to an Indigenous hunter-gatherer. Encourage the students to suggest how each of these natural resources might have been used e.g. fish for food, animal skins for clothes, plants for tools.
To revise the concept of sustainability, read through the dot points about sustainable living on slide 5.
Allow more capable students to work collaboratively, in a small group, to complete the class activity.
Allow less confident students to participate in the guided activity at a level at which they feel comfortable.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities