This is a website containing four sustainability study guides: Water: our most precious resource; Biodiversity: protecting the environment; Greener farming: protecting the environment; and Animal health: the science of healthy animals. Each guide is a PDF of about 50 pages organised around the 5E instructional model - engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. The guides include information presented in text, photographs, diagrams and maps; teacher notes; student activities and handouts; and case studies. They are a project of Target 100, an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers and the industry to deliver sustainable farming by 2020.
F-10: Ethical Capability
Ethical Capability > Levels 7 and 8 > Decision Making and Actions > VCECD017
Explore the extent of ethical obligation and the implications for thinking about consequences and duties in decision-making and action
Scientific inquiryFarming systemsFood productsWater resourcesBiodiversityEnvironmental managementBiogeochemical cyclesVegetationCattle industrySheep industry
This is an important resource for the design and technologies, science and geography curriculums in years 7 to 10 and the sustainability cross-curriculum priority in relation to them. It is highly relevant for the food and fibre context of the design and technologies curriculum, particularly for content descriptions that refer to analysing how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (years 7 and 8 band); and investigating and making judgements on the ethical and sustainable production of food and fibre (years 9 and 10 band).
The guides support content descriptions in all three science strands. The student activities are useful for Science Inquiry Skills, especially for content descriptions for years 7 to 10 that refer to questioning, conducting investigations, summarising data and drawing conclusions. The case studies support years 7 and 8 content descriptions about how science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as agriculture, while the text and diagrams contribute to year 10 teaching and learning about global systems such as the carbon cycle.
The guides are of value for the geography curriculum in relation to numerous content descriptions in the units of study Water and the world (year 7), Biomes and food security (year 9) and Environmental change and management (year 10).
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Provided all acknowledgements are retained, this material may be used, reproduced and communicated free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes within Australia and in overseas schools where the Australian curriculum is taught.