Sustainability action process: Biodiversity (Years 7–10)

Secondary KLAs:
Human Society and its Environment, Science, Technology
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

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This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on biodiversity using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-14LW) relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction

(SC4-5WS) collaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems

(GE4-5) discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability

(GE4-7) acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry

(SC5-14LW) analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

(SC5-5WS) produces a plan to investigate identified questions, hypotheses or problems, individually and collaboratively

(GE5-5) assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

(GE5-8) communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU111) There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity

(ACSSU150) Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce

(ACSIS140) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSSU176) Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems

(ACHGS051) Analyse geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distr

(ACHGK051) The human causes and effects of landscape degradation

(ACHGK052) The ways of protecting significant landscapes

(ACHGK070) The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability

(ACHGS074) Evaluate sources for their reliability, bias and usefulness and represent multi-variable data in a range of appropriate forms, for example, scatter plots, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Environmental sustainability, Sustainable development, Environmental impact, Biodiversity
Brainstorming, Communication activity, Critical thinking activity, Data manipulation and interpretation, Practical activity, Problem solving
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Thursday, 22 September 2016

Resource ID: 5648f9c2-749a-4046-95ba-9c2a89a9670f