Quick summary: In this activity students learn about the concept of environmental footprints. They will learn how to measure their impact and take steps to reduce their personal footprint. Students make comparisons between the environmental footprint of a traditional indigenous lifestyle and a modern lifestyle. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 5 and 6 in the subjects of Science and Geography.
In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.
- Students understand their impact on the Earth.
- Students take responsibility for their personal actions.
- Students compare the impact on our environment between the past resource use by Aboriginals and our current resource use.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Intercultural understanding, Critical and creative thinking.
- Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.8.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures OI6, OI9.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Geography:
- The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
- The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
Year 5 Science:
- Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE081)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
- Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088)
Year 6 Science:
- Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE098)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
- Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS105)
Additional Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Time needed: 60 – 120 mins
Resources required: Magazines and newspapers, Student Worksheet.
Keywords: Food, resources, energy, waste, water, footprint, environment, Indigenous, waste, litter.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.