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Education centre | Department of the Environment

Education centre | Department of the Environment | Environmental Maintenance and Improvement for K-6 | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Department's education centre.

These pages provide a range of educational resources and information to generate awareness and interest in the sustainable management of Australia’s environment, natural resources and heritage.

The resources are there to inspire new ideas for the classroom and for teachers and students to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our environment and heritage and to promote a sustainable way of life.
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The description given above pretty perfectly sums up how effective this resource is when looking to educate student on environmental maintenance and improvement. As a part of the Australian Government's Department of the Environment, the education centre has sections both "for students" and "for teachers"--each one offering a compilation of environmentally friendly resources that can be used in the classroom.

 

Various educational picture books are available for PDF download; I took a look at "Australia's Amazing Wetlands" in particular, and found it to be an incredible resource. The book uses child-appropriate language, yet does not water down the context, as it describes the environment of Australia's wetlands to Stage 3 children. It then goes on to discuss the environmental threats that the wetlands are currently undergoing, and what children can do to maintain their serenity. Using this book, students can begin to look at the wetlands from a geographical standpoint, as well as gain an idea of what types of habitat it provides for the creatures that live there. Using this knowledge, they may be able to better understand why a habitat such as this plays an important role in the overall environmental make-up of Australia, and therefore why it is important to maintain it. in An excursion to an Australian wetland environment would be a great way to tie this into a more hands-on learning experience.

 

Something else the website provides are links to different organizations and charities that work to improve the environment. For example, a link to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides information on one organization that promotes the donations of old television and computer parts for recycling purposes. Exploring organizations such as these, and getting students involved in them (for example, donating old printer cartridges) is a great way to allow students to play a direct role in improving their own environment, as it applies their learning to a real experience.

 

Other resources the website provides are links to different educational websites revolving around sustainable living, biodiversity, marine environments (which ties back into the lesson in my previous SCOOP on AMSA), heritage, land, Indigenous Australians, waste and pollution, etc. Essentially, this site is a centrally located source that branches out, allowing teachers to collect an even larger plethora of resources to use when teaching environmental sustainability in the classroom.

 

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Kids Website
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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, run by the Australian government, offers this website as a great resource for kids to explore the ways in which Australia works to protect its oceans and maritime life. The site allows children to navigate through a series of games, puzzles, and activities to reinforce the ways in which AMSA works to maintain our ocean environments.

 

There are several different sections of the site that entertain a variety of different educational elements. There is a "did you know" section that lists educational facts about ocean pollution. There is also a section for children to read about the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association, which allows an integration of Social Systems and Structures into the Environments section of the syllabus, as well. The word search and word jumble activities allow for a development in the literacy skills of students. Alternately, there is an interactive video that offers a visual presentation of the danger of oil spills, how they occur, and what actions the Australian government takes to rectify the problem; as a classroom activity, you can physically show students how the different elements of oil and water do not mix, to have them better understand the impact this can have on a marine environment.

 

This online resource offers a different perspective of maintaining a healthy environment--the perspective of a marine habitat, as opposed to the Australian continent itself. Even though ocean studies are something that occur in later stages of the HSIE syllabus, it is helfpul for students to be introduced to the environmental standpoint of  marine life earlier on, so they can become aware how to protect their environment from a variety of perspectives.

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USA: How Grain Silos Are Helping the Environment

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How Grain Silos Are Helping the Environment - Grain silos are used all over the world as a way to c...”


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This article explores how the use of grain silos serves many different purposes in helping maintain a healthy and efficient environment. It is a great resource for kids to explore farming, which has great cultural significance in parts of Australia, and the different resources farmers use to facilitate their work.

 

In the classroom, you can take students through a unit all about wheat farming: grain production (from the seed to the table), the different parts and types of silos, and how farmers use them (with a specific focus on the ways in which this type of technology helps to better the environment around them). An excursion to a farm can be planned, so that students can see for themselves how farmers use the silos to store the grain, and then transport it for economic use in an environmentally friendly way.

 

From a global perspective, the article primarily focuses on farms in America, but goes back to reference similarities to farms here in Australia, as well. Highlighting these similarities gives students a great opportunity to reflect on the farming culture of another country, and see how the environment can be improved through farming on a worldwide scale.

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David Worth's curator insight, April 1, 2014 6:31 PM
Well perhaps. Concrete grain silos use a huge amount of cement, and are therefore not helping the environment at all. That alone is reason for conserving and finding new uses for old silos - so that the embedded carbon in old sites can be reused.
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This document offers a fantastic Aboriginal perspective in regards to maintaining and improving the environment. Split up into five case studies, each study takes a look at a different Aboriginal group and how they have positively impacted the environment around them. A brief overview of each group is given at the beginning of each case study, followed by an overview of what the problems were in their particular environment. This is then followed up by their solutions, and how they implemented them.

 

This document would be a great resource in the classroom. The first case study, discussing the efforts of the Gandangara people living in the Sydney Metropolitan area would be, geographically, the most relevant to students in NSW; however, the fact that this document then expands into other regions of Australia, and the Aboriginal groups located there, allows for students to gain an even wider perspective. Research projects or presentations around these case studies would be a way for students to further explore these environmentally friendly efforts of different Aboriginal councils. After stressing the importance of how the students themselves should care for their environment, these case studies provide real, factual evidence of how Aboriginal communities are working towards the same environmentally sound result.

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10 Creative Ways to Recycle Ordinary Objects | Ecoble

10 Creative Ways to Recycle Ordinary Objects | Ecoble | Environmental Maintenance and Improvement for K-6 | Scoop.it
Creatively artistic recycling doesn't have to be limited to helping the environment: it can also be a challenge and opportunity to ingenious designers who work...

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Bringing activities such as these into a Stage 3 classroom gives students the opportunity to make connections to their own lives; this allows them to gain perspective on how they, themselves can play an important role in maintaining a stable, resourceful, and healthy environment.

 

Allowing for a sense of artistic innovation not only makes learning fun and unique, but these particular projects show kids that there are different ways we can turn our everyday lifestyles into something beautiful, that also helps the world we live in. The planter boxes out of old CD cases, for example, teaches kids to recycle by creating something new out of something old; it also facilitates the growth of new life that improves the health of nature.

 

Weaving the different recycled fabrics together is another activity that kids can benefit from in a multitude of ways. Reusing old materials to make new ones reinforces environmental maintenance (instead of throwing these clothes into a landfill, we can use them to make something new). This activity can then be filtered into other aspects of HSIE as well: perhaps students can look at where the clothes came from and the stories behind them, what technologies were used to make them, and what they can do with their finished product (donating the woven blankets to a charity in the area).

 

Expressing environmental awareness through recycled art is so exciting!

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