Quick summary: Students will investigate what an ecological footprint is by using an online activity that calculates their ecological footprint. Students will then think about what actions they can take to reduce their footprint.
- Students understand what an ecological footprint is.
- Students know how to use an online tool to calculate their own ecological footprint.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 4 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
Year 4 Geography
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.3.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students identify when science is used to understand the effect of their actions.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Geography achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with online tool.
Resources needed: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Writing materials. Tablet/computer with internet access for each student/group of students.
Keywords: Ecological footprint, sustainability, online tool.
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