Quick summary: Students explore how humans alter the environment to produce food, and the environmental effects of these alterations, specifically within the beef industry.
Year Levels: Year 9.
Teaching Time: 60 minutes.
Cool would like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Geography:
- Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the use of systems thinking to analyse the environmental effects of these alterations (ACHGK061)
Relevant parts of the Year 9 Geography achievement standards: Students analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and explain how these interconnections influence people, and change places and environments. They predict changes in the characteristics of places over time and identify the possible implications of change for the future. Students analyse alternative strategies to a geographical challenge using environmental, social and economic criteria.
Syllabus Outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work IPCC Climate Change Solutions.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Lead students through discussion and support them in independent work.
- Art supplies – coloured pencils and textas
- Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- White paper – A3 size.
Related Professional Development: If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach challenging topics around climate change and sustainability in your classroom through a Hope and Optimism lens, consider our PD course.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.