Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students explore what natural resources are and how we use them by first looking at examples of objects that are made from natural resources and activities that we do that depend on natural resources. They then explore how natural resources are used in the classroom. Finally, students are invited to differentiate resources as either renewable or non-renewable. This lesson can be followed with Sustainability Film Competition – Year 4 (Part 2).
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme ‘Re-imagining Resources’.
- What are natural resources?
- How do we use natural resources?
- What natural resources do we use in the classroom?
- What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 4 Geography
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
Syllabus outcomes: GE2-2, GE2-3, GE2-4.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Geography achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment. They locate and collect information and data from different sources.
Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activity, lead students in class discussions, and guide students through group work.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. How do we use natural resources? Resources in the classroom. One A3 piece of paper for each group to make a mind-map. Poster making materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Digital photography (optional).
Keywords: Natural, managed, constructed, features, places, natural resources, school.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.