Teaching sustainability and food especially for Years 7 and 8: additional resources

ContentAccess Point
Food gardenFood gardens | Sustainable Schools NSW
Food Garden 5, 6Design project: Kitchen garden – ABOVE | The Australian Curriculum
QLD sustainable resourcesCool Australia (sustainableschools.qld.edu.au)
General resourcesTeaching Resources | Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools
Energy, food etc lessonsFlipside Science | California Academy of Sciences (calacademy.org)
Climate changeClimate change | Sustainable Schools NSW
Sustainable House daySustainable House Day – Environmentally Progressive Homes in Australia
Sanctuary MagazineSanctuary magazine – Renew
20402040 Documentary | Join the Regeneration (whatsyour2040.com)
Buy Nothing NewBuy Nothing New Month
CospacesBuilding sustainable communities with CoSpaces Edu | by Tamara Koehler | AR & VR in the classroom
Minecraft Sustainability CityMinecraft Sustainability City | Minecraft Education Edition
Good site for research on differences of food produced by these methodsIndustrial vs. Organic – Sustainable Table
TLF-IDS1982 Learning areas: Studies of Society and Environment; Technologies Year levels 6; 7; 8; 9  Updated18/11/2021 This unit provides an opportunity for students to explore the costs and benefits of environmentally-responsible food choices, and to understand the impact of these choices on the environment, and on their own health and wellbeing. Students will deploy social inquiry research and working technologically to draw on a range …  Eating green: building values TLF-IDS1982 from Scootle
Download school garden design.Sustainable Garden – Alexandra Primary School
Spring 2014 School Kitchen Gardens: Cultivating a Child’ s Nutritional Habits, Environmental Knowledge, and Sustainability Practices Jeffrey Meltzer SIT Study Abroad: questions at end may be good fro survey design. More theoreticalSchool Kitchen Gardens: Cultivating a Child’s Nutritional Habits, Environmental Knowledge, and Sustainability Practices (sit.edu)
Building your school garden together: a unitMicrosoft Word – Building Your School Garden Togethe1.docx (primezone.edu.au)
Kitchen Gardens: resourcesKitchen gardens (nsw.gov.au)
Setting up and continuing school garden. American. CSYSG page has very large PowerPoint as why need food gardenSustainability | School Garden Resources (uga.edu)
Videos from Bunnings on setting up gardenGardening know-how | Life Education QLD
A whole school case study: Arthur Phillip High School Sustainable GardenBuilding a garden | Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools
Food issues teaching resources from Saskatchewa. Download PDFCurrent Food Issues | Sustainability Classroom Resources at Resources for Rethinking (resources4rethinking.ca)
Australian, Y 10 Unit. 5 Lessons. Good questions.Sustainable Food Systems | Agriculture Lessons (primezone.edu.au)
Good resources on food sustainability.Resources – Sustainability-based lesson plans for teachers (asu.edu)
Teaching Kids Sustainable Food Practices By Sher Warkentin in Helping Hands School resourcesTeaching Kids Sustainable Food Practices (tomsofmaine.com)
Ozharvest and other resourceshttps://www.liveforless.com.au/fighting-food-waste-schools/  
Audit school food literacy and activitieshttps://fusecontent.education.vic.gov.au/f4faadc2-d745-430b-a2ad-a968752c839e/hefl%20teacher%20resource%2054pp.pdf?attachment=1
Our Hungry Planet: Food for a Growing Population: good videos and activitiesOur Hungry Planet: Food for a Growing Population | Flipside Science (calacademy.org)
Useful resources including videos and worksheets for schoolsSustainability Victoria | ResourceSmart Schools
Year 10 Sustainable Food Systems- some resources suitable for younger year levels such as how to make a healthy meal deal, and “what can be done” activityYear-10-SOURCE-Sustainable-Food-Systems-2020.pdf (health.wa.gov.au)
Variety of good resources about what can be done, packaging, where to shop etcAll Things Ethical Eating – Sustainable Table

Drone Lesson Ideas

Year 6 Disaster Unit

Don’t Spoil the Endgame Year 8 Activity

Curriculum Links

Great Drone and Mapping Resources for Teachers

Lego Algorithm and Other Learning Activities

With Lego Masters doing so well on TV, maybe it is a good opportunity to capitalize and also include some Digi Tech / algorithm fun:
https://www.9now.com.au/lego-masters and https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/lego-masters-a-ratings-smash-for-nine-as-viewers-rejoice/news-story/47210b4372759a82464a48fe7bff3c50

Lego Building Challenge
Lego Algorithmics
Lego Building Algorithm Activity https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/357409/lego-building-algorithm-activity

Lego Algorithm Duck Activities

Lego Challenge Cards https://thestemlaboratory.com/lego-challenge-cards/


Provide students with grid paper. Provide tape measures. Students draw room to scale, including doors and windows. Scale is 1:100 When students finish, they can start designing a sustainable house in pairs.

Passive Solar Design Lesson

A. Sustainable housing: The Power of the SUN – Observation outside

• Go outside with class. Where are student shadows? Where does the sun rise and set? Where does the sun travel across the sky? Are shadows the same all year? How do they differ at different times if the year? Why?
• Where is it hotter? What is the effect of shaded areas? How does the sun affect different parts of a building?
• Look at school buildings – design of eaves, verandahs, awnings. What is the impact of this?

Assign roles to students, groups of 6 (can double up roles – could be done groups of 3 see brackets)
1. Sun (a)
2. Earth– collect a globe (b)
3. Clockwise/Tilt Checker – check angles and movement (leave out if group of 3)
4. Torch (a)
5. House Box (b)
6. Photographer/ Collaborator (c)

• Photographer/ Collaborator takes photos and saves to Onenote Collaboration space

B. Globe
• Sun, Earth and Checker out front of group, rest sit down. Student as earth, rotates around sun. What direction? How long does this take? How are night and day created?
• How do we get seasons? How long? Checker checks as earth rotates around – do winter and summer.
• Put globe back, sun, earth and checker sit down

C. Look at house model: see photos below

Make a house with photocopier box and windows cut in. Need box lid and torch.

• Photographer/ Collaborator takes photos and saves to Onenote Collaboration space
• Torch and House Box students use torch; demonstrate angle of sun in summer and winter with open living area door. What is the difference summer and winter on heat entering living areas?
• How can the summer sun be excluded, but winter sun included using roof?
• How can we improve this design?
• How can we use natural light more effectively – back of house?
• How can we best situate windows?
• Which parts of the house should be located where to best use natural light?
• Good image of clerestory windows and sun angles different seasons https://ecoabode.com.au/solar-passive-design/

D. Check understanding – Kahoot quiz https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/65725ca5-0c2e-40ba-967d-d659a7a96184
1. Sun rises in …. and sets in ….
2. Living areas should ideally face….
3. Most windows should face… and few windows face …. and …..
4. Why have windows on the south?
5. How can we reduce heat in houses in summer?
6. How can we increase heat in houses in winter?

E. Other resources
Seasons: Australian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgq0LThW7QA 5 mins 38
Passive Design principles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2oXpn31zU 2 mins
Building design with simulations of shadows different seasons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YylmeMilok8 5 mins

House Model