Activity Introduction

group-students-huddle-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Learning goals: 

  • Students define sustainability
  • Students explore a range of ways they can act sustainability 
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.  

Time needed: 20 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Sustainability, flipped classroom, writing challenge. 



Teacher Worksheet

group-students-huddle-heroTeacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on sustainability and completing a thinking routine about the concept of sustainability. 

Teacher content information: Sustainability describes the ability for something to keep going at the same rate and in the same condition as before.

It is tempting to think that because we are at the top of the food chain we should be able to do anything we want and it will be sustainable to keep doing it for as long as we like. Unfortunately nature does not work like this – our planet is finite. Every living system can only take so much exploitation before it starts to weaken and decline. When this decline reaches a tipping point the living system is finished and can never reclaim its former glory.

Being sustainable is something that has only occurred to many of us recently. Some of us are yet to even consider it. Unless we all decide that living sustainably is an important th

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Sustainability means 'meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future'. But what does that actually mean?

Watch the video while and then fill in the table below.

Cool Australia Presents Sustainability from Cool Australia (

 I used to think.... 

 But now I think...


Make a list of three questions that you want to know the answer to:


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