Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students use what they have learned and identify further issues to produce a set of school tips to reduce stormwater pollution.

Learning goals:

  • Students identify the common causes of stormwater pollution in the school ground.
  • Students relate the school community’s behaviour to the causes of many of the problems.
  • Students suggest tips that can fix the problems.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

 Year 7 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Year 8 Science

  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

 Year 8 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-7WS, SC4-9WSEN4-4B

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 20 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Health and physical education.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Keep activity open ended, bring students’ ideas together at the end of the activity.

Resources required: Internet, writing materials.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Introduction

The most obvious stormwater issues in school grounds are the litter problems. However, there are a range of other common problems. In some schools concreted areas are hosed and the dirty water goes into the stormwater drains. Oil can be leaking in the car park. Local people may take dogs for walks through the school ground. The way school extensions are built may cause many stormwater problems. 

Activity

Students will produce a range of tips that people can use to reduce the stormwater issues in the school.

Although they have been looking for some of the issues in the ‘map the stormwater issues’ but some of the problems are less obvious.

Students may need to do some more investigation before they can write their tips. The kind of additional things to investigate outdoors include:

  • Is rubbish falling out of bins?
  • Are birds or other animals pulling rubbish out of bins?
  • Do bins fall over?
  • Is there more litter around the kiosk?
  • Are bins emptied
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Student Worksheet

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