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Water: learn it for life! - years 4 and 5 geography

This is a 32-page PDF unit of work on water sustainability for years 4 and 5. It contains the unit Water windows. In a sequence of nine lessons students explore how attitudes to water resources have changed over time in their local area. Teacher information includes: unit overview; key concepts; essential learnings; assessment; ...

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Science under the microscope

A student-focused mobile web application that tests students? knowledge of the NSW Science curriculum. It will reuse videos and other components of 2010 Murder under the Microscope (Shockwave on the Shoreline) to provide a series of clues that unfold as the student answers science questions correctly. After receiving all ...

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Food wastage

Do you know how much food industrialised nations, including Australia, throw away every year? Global population is set to reach over nine billion by 2050 which will increase demand for food by 70%. What do you think we can do to consume food more responsibly and sustainably? How might we re-direct food that would otherwise ...

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Would you eat insects?

A lot of resources go into the production of beef. For example, 20 litres of water is needed to produce just 1 gram of beef. In order to produce food more sustainably to feed an ever-growing population, some alternatives to protein have been suggested. What are some of these alternatives? Do you think they will ever replace meat?

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Growing avocados

Demand for certain kinds of food changes with time as people's tastes change. Avocados were not always popular, but in recent years their popularity has increased so much that supply cannot keep up with demand. Learn how stem cell scientists at the University of Queensland are leading the way in research that could cut ...

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Scrumptious insects!

Did you know that insects are a great source of protein? Not only is eating insects good for you, it's also good for the environment! Watch this clip as it explains all the pros of eating insects.

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What are modular farms?

Modular farms are flexible and self-contained systems that allow you to grow herbs and vegetables without the need for soil or sunlight. What are some advantages of modular farms? What may be some of the disadvantages?

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Why you should grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Half of all tomatoes you buy in supermarkets in Australia are sourced from greenhouses. What are the benefits of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse environment? What are some challenges?

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House that follows the sun

What would be the benefits of having a house that rotates? In this clip you will see a rotating house that turns 360 degrees. Come for a spin and find out how it works, and discover what motivated the builder to design such a house.

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Ethiopia's nomadic pastoralists doing it tough

In 2008, Ethiopia's famines just keep coming, fuelled by prolonged periods of drought, rising food prices and an increasing population. Listen to aid worker Valerie Browning in a program aired that year, as she describes how nomadic pastoralists living in the remote regions of Afar try to survive and make their livelihood ...

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What on earth is vermicast?

Do you know what vermicast is? It's worm manure! Worms produce vermicast after they've gobbled up our organic waste! Worms help to convert waste material that would otherwise go to landfill, into good, healthy soil. What are the benefits of this?

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Sustainability and Sydney Metro – Stage 2

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University.

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Indigenous bags and textiles

Have you ever wondered why your bags are made from certain materials? There are many factors involved, including usage and availability of material. In this video, learn what the Kun-maj (small fishing bag) is made of and how it is made. Why is it strung together rather than woven? How is it different from Yvonne Koolmatrie’s ...

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Indigenous watercrafts

Did you know that many different types of watercrafts were used by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities? Watercrafts varied in design, size and materials. Learn about two specific examples: the Ningher and the nawi. Why do you think the people from lutruwita and the Eora nation had such different watercrafts? ...

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Syllabus Bites: Traditional knowledge and sustainable ecosystems

This resource supports students to assess how the knowledge and cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is being used to conserve and manage sustainable ecosystems and a sustainable future. Numerous short videos and links provide a rich variety of case studies. A task, including marking guidelines ...

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Holiday the eco way!

Want to go on a guilt-free holiday? Then consider taking an eco-holiday. This might be a trip with a difference and it's more than likely to have a low carbon footprint. Judging by recent trends, getting back to nature without contributing to atmospheric pollution seems to be all the rage!

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Change for the good of all: sustainability and climate change - unit of work

This is a unit of work about climate change and about how understanding the 'common good' is an important part of developing possible solutions. Intended for lower and middle secondary students, the unit involves students in developing a concept map and definition of sustainability, considering what can be done to slow ...

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Sustainable forests, 'lockups' and happy bees

What's a forest lockup? Why is the Tarkine forest special, and how does Tasmanian Forestry attempt to manage activities in the Tarkine forest sustainably? View this clip called 'Tarkine Forest', created by young reporters from Circular Head Christian School, Tasmania. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live ...

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Sustainable fish farming

There are already more people around the world who eat farmed fish than people who eat beef. With the world's population and demand for food increasing, why is it so important for us to farm sustainably? One fishery near Kakadu in the Northern Territory practises sustainable farming. Find out what makes this farm so sustainable.

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Preliminary sketch for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a preliminary sketch of a water efficient, drought-tolerant domestic garden design. It was hand-drafted by Wendy van Dok in 1999. The sketch, like the final plan, is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 447 mm wide and 250 mm high.