Teaching Resources: Years K-6
Parliament of Youth on Sustainability
The following resources have been prepared by SEE-Change volunteers including those with teaching experience and sustainability expertise.
The resources aim to assist teachers and their students to explore some of the issues and values embedded in the 2020 Vision project.
The modules and lesson plans also have a very local, Canberra focus and provide some ideas for classroom activities, competition entries and Parliament of Youth work.
These resources represent only a small sub set of the possible approaches, so feel free to be creative and develop your own approach!
Brief summary of resources
On the ground – what does it mean to you and me?
- Food and Carbon Emissions
- Carbon Emissions as Part of the Ecological Footprint
- Smarter Buildings
- Sustainable Transport
- CO2 Gobblers – ways of reducing carbon emissions
The Big Picture
- Changing the Way we do Things
- The Earth Charter, Human Wellbeing and Affluenza
- Questions and Answers – the why and what of climate change
E-Waste – Sequence of activities
Sequence of classroom activities on e-waste leading to Parliament of Youth one-page Green Paper and/or poster.
Energy – Lesson Plans
The following six sequential lesson plans comprise a unit of work on ‘energy’. Material for these lessons is drawn from the larger modules above plus new material. Your feedback on these lesson plans is welcome – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lesson 1: Energy for Your Body – How Much Energy is in a Chocolate Cupcake?
- Lesson 2: Electrical Energy in the World
- Lesson 3: Where does the Electrical Energy for our Appliances and Machines Come From?
- Lesson 4: Reducing Our CO2 Emissions
- Lesson 5: 100 Years of Energy in the ACT – 1913 to 2013 (Centenary of Canberra lesson)
- Lesson 6: Where To From Here?
Teaching Sustainability Teachers’ Workshop – Powerpoint Presentation
SEE-Change ran a ‘Teaching Sustainability’ workshop for primary school teachers on 24 July 2012 where we presented the six lessons plans on energy (above), the module on ‘Changing the Way We Do Things’ (also above) and information to provide a broader perspective on sustainability and climate change. The powerpoint presentation is available here (most of the detail relates to the presentation of information on the broader perspective).