Quick summary: Students investigate the sustainability of conventional palm oil production. They begin by watching a clip about palm oil consumption and participate in a guided discussion about this clip. Students will then review their understanding of sustainability and participate in a group activity applying factors and impacts associated with palm oil to the concept of sustainability using a Venn diagram. Finally students are asked to reflect on their own choices about the consumption of products containing palm oil. Note: Students require understanding of the core elements and factors of sustainability. If required, this lesson can be used to familiarise students with this concept: Defining Sustainability.
This 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.
- What are the key issues relating to palm oil consumption and production?
- What is the relationship between palm oil 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 about buying products containing palm oil?
- 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:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
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)
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)
- Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI096)
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)
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
- Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI124)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding.
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 understand the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments. They locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions.
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. They locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources.
Topic: Sustainable Palm Oil, Consumption.
Unit of lessons: Sustainable Palm Oil.
Time required: 60+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding:
Resources required: Butcher’s paper, pens, glue, scissors, printed copies of the Influencing Factors Cut Out. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Palm oil factsheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Palm oil, consumption, Venn diagram.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.