Quick summary: Students build an understanding of how our demand for products can lead to environmental, social and economical issues. They investigate the life cycle of some common products and discover that they can make better selections when purchasing new items.
Learning goals for this activity include:
- Students develop an understanding of the concept of sustainability.
- They recognise that they make choices that influence sustainability.
- Students discover that in order to work out if a produce is sustainable they need to investigate its entire life cycle (from extraction to disposal).
General capabilities: Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 3 Science:
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 4 Science:
- Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
Year Level: 3 & 4
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-11LW, ST2-10LW, ST2-13MW.
Time needed: 80 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium
Resources needed: Cool Australia Student Worksheet, bring in everyday items for the students to research.
Extension opportunities: Students can further explore why products are hard to trace back to their origins.
Key words: Energy, sustainability, consumption, life cycle, extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.