Water use and efficiency – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

Secondary KLAs:
Human Society and its Environment, Mathematics, 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 water use and efficiency 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

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

(GE4-8) communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies

(GE4-1) locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

(GE4-2) describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

(GE4-3) explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change

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

(GE5-7) acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry

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

(GE5-2) explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

(GE5-3) analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

(GE5-4) accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

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

(TE4-1DP) designs, communicates and evaluates innovative ideas and creative solutions to authentic problems or opportunities

(TE4-2DP) plans and manages the production of designed solutions

(TE4-3DP) selects and safely applies a broad range of tools, materials and processes in the production of quality projects

(TE4-10TS) explains how people in technology related professions contribute to society now and into the future

(MA4-1WM ) communicates and connects mathematical ideas using appropriate terminology, diagrams and symbols

(MA4-2WM ) applies appropriate mathematical techniques to solve problems

(MA4-3WM ) recognises and explains mathematical relationships using reasoning

(MA4-19SP) collects, represents and interprets single sets of data, using appropriate statistical displays

(MA4-20SP) analyses single sets of data using measures of location, and range

(MA5.1-1WM ) uses appropriate terminology, diagrams and symbols in mathematical contexts

(MA5.1-2WM ) selects and uses appropriate strategies to solve problems

(MA5.1-3WM ) provides reasoning to support conclusions that are appropriate to the context

(MA5.1-12SP) uses statistical displays to compare sets of data, and evaluates statistical claims made in the media

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACHGK037) Classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource

(ACHGK038) The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places

(ACHGK039) The quantity and variability of Australia’s water resources compared with other continents

(ACHGS055) Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry using appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts

(ACHGS056) Evaluate sources for their reliability and usefulness and select, collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from appropriate primary and secondary sources

(ACHGS057) Represent data in a range of appropriate forms, for example, climate graphs, compound column graphs, population pyramids, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of digital and spatial technologies

(ACHGS058) Represent spatial distribution of different types of geographical phenomena by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS059) Interpret geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships

(ACHGS060) Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information collected

(ACHGS061) Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS062) Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal

(ACHGS080) Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal

(ACHGK070) Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability

(ACHGK073) The application of systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated 

(ACHGK074) The application of geographical concepts and methods to the management of the environmental change being investigated

(ACHGK075) The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change

(ACHGS072) Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry that identifies and applies appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts

(ACHGS073) Evaluate sources for their reliability, bias and usefulness and select, collect, record and organise relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from a range of appropriate primary and secondary sources

(ACHGS074) Represent multi-variable data in a range of appropriate forms, for example scatter plots, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of digital and spatial technologies

(ACHGS076) Interpret and analyse multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes

(ACHGS077) Apply geographical concepts to synthesise information from various sources and draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information, taking into account alternative points of view

(ACHGS079) Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate

(ACTDEP036) Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques

(ACTDEP037) Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions

(ACTDEP038) Independently develop criteria for success to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions and their sustainability

(ACTDEP039) Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions

(ACTDEP048) Critique needs or opportunities to develop design briefs and investigate and select an increasingly sophisticated range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment to develop design ideas

(ACTDEP049) Develop, modify and communicate design ideas by applying design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills of increasing sophistication

(ACTDEP050) Work flexibly to effectively and safely test, select, justify and use appropriate technologies and processes to make designed solutions

(ACTDEP051) Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions against comprehensive criteria for success recognising the need for sustainability

(ACTDEP052) Develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
Audience:
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Water cycle, Water use, Environmental sustainability, Sustainable development, Environmental impact
Activities:
Communication activity, Critical thinking activity, Data manipulation and interpretation, Practical activity, Problem solving
Language/s:
en-AU
Author:
State of NSW, Department of Education
Publisher:
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Resource ID: bb92c17e-0165-44bb-858a-99e5be6e586a