Activity Introduction

remnant rainforestQuick summary: These assessment tasks have been developed to provide teachers with a method of assessing student learning throughout this unit. This lesson has been designed for students to meet the requirements of the Achievement Standards for their year level.

WWF-Logo-small1This lesson has been developed in partnership with WWF-Australia. WWF has been working to promote the transition away from conventional palm oil production to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil that conserves forests, protects species, and secures livelihoods.

 

 

Essential questions:

  • What are the key issues relating to palm oil production and consumption?
  • What is the relationship between palm oil consumption and the environment?
  • What is sustainability, and what is the relationship between palm oil consumption and sustainability?
  • What is my role as a consumer of palm oil and why do I have to make choices as a consumer?
  • Why are there trade-offs associated with making decisions about consuming palm oil?
  • How can I use my consumer power to affect positive change with regards to palm oil?
  • How can I use the Internet to help me find out more about palm oil production and consumption?

21st century skills:

assessment task skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 HASS

  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)
  • Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)

Year 5 English

  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612)
  • Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors (ACELT1798)

Year 6 HASS

  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHASSK149)

Year 6 English

  • Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)

Syllabus OutcomesEN3-7C, EN3-2A.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.5, OI.6, OI.7.

Relevant part of the Year 5 HASS achievement standards:

Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and recognise the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments.

Relevant part of the Year 6 HASS achievement standards:

Students recognise why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs and explain why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions.

Topic: Sustainable Palm Oil, Consumption.

Unit of work: Sustainable Palm Oil.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – activities in this assessment task are student led.

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. Creative Writing Assessment Rubric. Palm oil factsheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Palm oil, consumption, sustainability, assessment, creative writing.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

shopping trolleyTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The key issues relating to palm oil and production
  • The relationship between people and the environment
  • Their role as a consumer and citizen and why they have to make choices as a consumer
  • The relationship between consumption and sustainability
  • The possible effects of consumer and financial choices

Teacher content information: These assessment tasks have been developed to provide teachers with a method of assessing student learning throughout this unit. This lesson has been designed for students to meet the requirements of the Achievement Standards for their year level.

Relevant part of the Year 5 Economics and Business achievement standards:

  • Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and recognise the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments.

Relevant par

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What was the most interesting thing you learned about palm oil?

Memory matcher

Match each of the terms from the yellow box with each of the definitions in the table below:

palm oil terms

DEFINITION

MATCH TERMS FROM THE YELLOW BOX HERE

An estate on which crops are grown.

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

By purchasing products from companies that have made a commitment to use only CSPO, asking companies who have made commitments, how they are tracking against their commitment and by contacting those companies who have not yet made a commitment to ask them to start using CSPO now.

Milk, flour and olive oil.

An edible oil that comes from the fruit of palm oil tress, that is extremely versatile. Palm oil plantations are higher yielding than any other oil crop.

The using up of resources to satisfy our demands.

Great ape impacted by palm oil production.

Soap, chocolate and pizza dough.

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