Units of Work
This page has resources from a PD held in March 2010 as well as examples of units of work on different sustainability topics from a range of schools.
Planning Effective Units of Work PD - Cleland Wildlife Park - 15th March 2010
This PD was aimed at providing teachers with an opportunity to:
- Review Education for Sustainability (EfS)
- Consider elements of EfS to include in unit of work planning
- Review existing units of work or begin the development of new ones
- Access support from service providers
- Network with teachers and service providers
PD introduction presentation (118KB PDF)
How DECD is supporting schools with EFS - Jonathan Noble (DECD)
South Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI-SA) provides a model for schools to explore sustainability with a whole of school approach. Case studies and resources are available. The program is free to join.
Sustainable and Attainable is a website designed to support students take action to address climate change. A website to support students learning about issues, auditing the school grounds, identifying actions and developing a School Environmental Management Plan
Jonathan Noble explains Sustainable and Attainable - Video
Brainstorm; what to include in a sustainability unit of work – Sue Coad (DECD)
Principles of a Sustainable Society, Caring for the Earth: A Strategy for Sustainable Living (105KB PDF)
This resource was discussed and integrated into the brainstorm.
Topic Resources from the PD
Guests presenters from a range of organisations attended and provided the following resources, organised by topic.
Wipe Out Waste - Jo Hendrixk
SA Water - Lyn Jefferies
NRM Education – Matt Cattanach
Provided examples of units of work that can be found at the bottom of this page.
Cath Mossop - Urban Forests Biodiversity Unithttp://www.backyards4wildlife.com.au/index.php?page=resources
Brett Haby and Jo Bishop – Cleland Wildlife Park -
This document outlines a unit of work that uses birds to explain species diversity for students in Yr 3 and above. It aims to teach students about the variety of different birds, their behaviour and their niche in a particular ecosystem.
Birds Project Unit Notes (159kb PDF)
Australian Science Curriculum Modules
A new Biological Sciences Level 7 Australian Science Curriculum module for Australian classroom use only. Provided by Mr. Mike McGarry (HOD Science), Morley Senior High School, Western Australia.