Sustaining Our World Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Sustaining Our World Unit Plan

8 x Lessons |1 x Assessment

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

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes each.

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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 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 how water may be used in a more sustainable manner.
  • To investigate sustainable fishing practices.
  • To investigate sustainable forestry practices.

Preparing for Learning

This Science 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. Literacy, Math, and History.

Prior to beginning 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 that 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 starting the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

What Are Natural Resources?

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Natural Resource Use in the 21st Century

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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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Overuse of Water

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Overfishing

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Deforestation

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Sustainable Water Use

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how water may be used in a more sustainable manner.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Sustainable Fishing

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Sustainable Forestry

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 9 (Assessment)

How Much Waste Do We Throw Away?

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

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