Sustainability - What is it?


Lesson Purpose:​

  1. What – Introduce​ the concept of Sustainability – what does this mean?
  2. Us​e the interactive whiteboard to show how students will practice living sustainably while at the Centre by reducing - Waste – they will sort, compost, reuse, recycle and therefore minimize the waste sent to landfill. Water – they will minimize their water use through having short showers. Energy – they will minimize their energy consumption by turning off unnecessary lights and electrical devices.
  3. Understand the need to preserve and care for the biodiversity of the local area.

​​Time Needed: 

20-30 mins

Year Levels:

Year 4 - 7

Instructor:

TEEC Staff Member​

Australian Cu​rriculum:​
During the course of this activity it may be possible to target a number of the "Content Descriptions" across year levels five to seven. 

​​Year 4

​Science ​HASS
Science Unde​rstanding

Biological sciences
Living things have life cycles.

Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive.
Unit 2 : Sustainable use of places

The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people.

The use and management of natural resources​ and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably.
Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships.
​​The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability.​​

Use and influence of science​​

Scientific knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions.

 



​​Year 5

​​Science HASS​​
Science Unde​rstanding

Biological sciences
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
Unit 1 : People and the environment

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.​
Science as a Human Endeavour

Use and influence of science
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.​
The environment and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them.​​

​Unit 5 : Australian communities of the future
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The difference between needs and wants and why choices need to be made about how limited resources are used.​
Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to stisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations. ​
Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to make informed personal consumer and financial choices.

Year 6


Science HASS
Science Unde​rstanding

Biological sciences
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.​
Unit 3 : Australia in a diverse world

Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world.
 

Earth and space sciences

Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface.​​​
Unit 5 : Making decisions to benefit my community

How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs. 
Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions.

The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment.

Use and influence of science​​

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.​​​



Year 7


​​​​Science ​​​Geography
Science Unde​rstanding

Biological sciences
Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms.

Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs.

Earth and space sciences

Some of earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable.
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Unit 1 : Water in the world
The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource.

The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents.

The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.​

Science as a Human Endeavour​

Nature and development of science
 
Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures.  ​
Unit 2 : Place and liveability
The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places.​

The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe.
Use and influence of science​​
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations. 

People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity. ​
​HASS

Unit 2 : Water in the world
The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource.​

The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents.​




Unit 4 : Analysing liveability
The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places.​

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