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Cotton Australia

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Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia's cotton growing industry and aims to foster a sustainable Australian cotton industry that is valued for its environmental, economic and social contribution. The organisation works with research, agronomy, post-farm gate, community and commodity partners to 'Advance Australian Cotton'.
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The Cotton Australia website contains vast and detailed information about the Australian cotton industry and business model as it was developed by farmers and merchants themselves. A large section of the website is also devoted to education and providing valuable and comprehensive information for both students and teachers. Lesson, unit plans, videos and presentations are a few examples of the myriad of information and resources available within this site. The website also details interactions beyond the classroom by offering information about farm visits excursions and guest speakers. As the Australian Cotton industry plays such a major role in all our lives it is the perfect resource to use in conjunction with the Australian Curriculum: Technology strand “Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Educating for a Sustainable Future - Cool Australia

Educating for a Sustainable Future - Cool Australia | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
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The Cool Australia website is a fantastic resource aimed at teachers and students which relates directly to sustainability and the natural world. This site contains a wide variety of sources and information making the task of exploring the enormous topic of sustainability in the classroom more achievable.

These resources within this site include units of works, videos, fact sheets, infographics, research articles and images relating to topics including energy, water, waste, biodiversity, climate change and sustainability.  These resources have been developed by leading teachers, curriculum writers and experts in the education sector as to directly align with the Australian curriculum. Within this site I found particularly interesting a unit named ‘Compost cycle’. Within this lesson students explore and learn about composting, its natural process and benefits. This unit links directly with several other KLA’s including Science and English and also suites the Technology curriculum elaboration “considering the suitability of a range of tools when cultivating gardens, mulching and building garden structures and preparing and cooking food from recipes” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Blast Off - Online Game - The Food Pyramid

Blast Off - Online Game - The Food Pyramid | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
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Just a bit of fun - Blast Off is an online game where students explore healthy eating. Students must use their knowledge of the food pyramid and select smart food choices accompanied with 60 minutes of physical activity to reach their goal of fuelling their rocket ship and reaching their destination Planet Power. This activity would be suitable as a follow up for the curriculum elaboration “identifying and categorising a wide range of foods into food groups” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Wendy Farren-Price's comment, May 26, 2014 6:47 AM
It would be interesting to input a students food and exercise for the day and see how healthy it is. I know my diet wouldn't stack up to what is expected!
Melinda Barany's comment, May 26, 2014 6:52 AM
So true Wendy currently mine would be far from ideal also! What a great idea, I think students would find that really interesting. Thanks for the comment.
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National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers – Matt Davis

National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers – Matt Davis | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it

"Along with Women's History Month, March is also National Nutrition Month. If you're planning on incorporating nutrition, we've compiled a few of our favorite resources here".

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National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers is a blog written by Matt Davis. I found a number of the topics and links within this resource to directly link to classroom based lessons, online activities, research articles and other relevant blog sites. Of particular interest to me was ‘Nutrition Lessons for Every Grade Level’. Within this site I found a number of useful lesson plans, online games and take home tools all based around helping teachers and students plan for, implement, promote and evaluate healthy eating and physical activity. The fun and engaging story like lessons include interactive games and activities which explore the food groups and what it means to be healthy. I found this particular lesson to be a great way to implement the Australian Curriculum: Technology elaboration: "identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, into food groups and describe tools and equipment needed to prepare these for healthy eating” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Kitchen Gardens - Unit Plan

Kitchen Gardens - Unit Plan | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
The Kitchen gardens website provides advice for teachers and schools, learning resources and a student investigation scaffold.
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This site is a one stop shop for those looking for exciting ways to promote environmental and sustainability learning within your school and classroom. The site provides an abundance of resources, challenges and learning opportunities all aimed towards helping students connect with and explore healthy foods and lifestyles. The site also provides a means for students and educators to make connections with their wider community through the use of the online activities which include blogging and emailing. The resource claims to have been created by teachers for teachers and provides a toolkit to aid in the development of school based gardens. The curriculum links and Key Learning Areas identified by the site include English, Maths, Science and Technology and through modification can be applicable to several year levels. 

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世界の給食 School lunches from around the world

This is a slideshow of school lunches from around the world. In some countries there is a difference. What about your country.
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This resource is a great way to educate students on the way things are done in different parts of the world. Students may not be aware that at some schools students are provided with lunch each day. This clip would be useful to explore and discuss with your students the different types of foods provided in each country and also which meals appear healthier than others. 

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The Food Detectives Fight BAC!

The Food Detectives Fight BAC! | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it

Bacteria lives on the food you eat if it isn't cooked and handled properly. It also lives on dirty hands. Eeeww! Come with us, and we'll show you how to fight this disgusting enemy. 

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This great website provides a fun and interactive way to introduce students to the concepts of hygiene, food preparation and bacteria. Students are encouraged through interactive games, music and videos to become Food Detectives and solve cases to fight back against food borne illnesses. This resource aligns directly with the curriculum elaboration which states “explore the tools, equipment and techniques used to prepare food safely and hygienically for healthy eating” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

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Teaching With the "Big Red Barn"

Teaching With the "Big Red Barn" | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
If you are teaching or planning a unit about the farm, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is a must-read. Read on for activities you can do with this amazing book.
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The above link will lead you to a unit of work designed for the early year’s classroom with a focus on farming. The author provides a number of activities which accompany the story ‘Big Red Barn’ to actively engage students in their learning and explore concepts beyond the pictures. This interactive unit fits in to several different curriculum strands including Maths, English and of course Technology.  Within the Technology strand this unit can be utilised to meet the requirements of several of the nominated content elaborations including “Exploring which plants and animals can provide food or materials for clothing and shelter and what basic needs those plants and animals have” (ACARA, 2014).

The author concludes this unit with a visit to a local farm to explore the animals and farm life. If this is a possibility for you and your class I would recommend visiting a farm which produces fruit and vegetables. This would allow you to explore the plants which provide food and materials to further develop the curriculum elaborations. 

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms - Lesson Plan

One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms - Lesson Plan | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
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This is a great lesson on foods from around the world. Students explore the history behind different foods and begin to understand cultural connections to food. Students also begin to explore the health benefits of different foods from around the world. This resource may be better suited for years 5-7 but with modification would still be applicable and fun for the younger ones.

 

The lesson also provides opportunities for cross curricular priorities including Geography, History and Technology and also supports several curriculum elaborations. For example, the Foundation to year 2 Design and Technologies elaboration states that students will “explore how people from different cultures including those of Asia design and produce different cuisines based on the plants and animals in their region and available tools and equipment” (ACARA, 2014).

This lesson may be enhanced through the use of the one of my other curations called 'School lunches from around the world'.

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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10 Ways to Go Green at School - Scholastic.com - Beth Newingham

10 Ways to Go Green at School - Scholastic.com - Beth Newingham | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
Projects and ideas to help your school go green, from recycling clubs to solar cookouts and more!
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Ever wanted to go green at your school? Beth Newingham’s blog is full of simple ideas and tips on how she uses Earth Day to help students understand the importance of going green.

This site contains strategies and projects which can be implemented throughout your classroom, school and community to help students to explore environmentally conscious practices including using recycled goods, solar power and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum links explored within this resource include: “considering the suitability of a range of tools when cultivating gardens, mulching and building garden structures and preparing and cooking food from recipes” and “exploring opportunities around the school for designing solutions, for example how the school removes classroom waste and identifying opportunities to reduce, recycle and re-use materials” (ACARA, 2014).

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo

Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
A comprehensive list of the best web 2.0 tools and links, sorted via category, for teaching and learning with technology.
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This is pretty cool! Not everyone knows how best to implement technology into the classroom or even where to start looking. This resource is a great starting point as it was created by a highly experienced teacher with an interest in sharing his ideas about education and technology.

The Author Jeremy Alger has developed a blog with an extensive list of Web 2.0 teaching tools with links and descriptions of each tool. A number of his blogs go into great detail about his experiences and opinions of the different tools.

This resource provides interactive teaching and learning tools ranging from fun games, animation tools, mind mapping, blogging and online storage. Many of the tools within this resource would prove useful in providing new and engaging methods of teaching and learning for students of all ages. This is a one stop shop for the beginner or those looking for something new to try in their classroom.

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Exploring Bush Foods - Classroom Activities

Exploring Bush Foods - Classroom Activities | Exploring Sustainability and Healthy Eating in a Digital World | Scoop.it
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This site provides a wealth of information regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history in particular relation to bush foods and bush medicines. The content within this site was created by the Aboriginal Education K-12 Team to provide educators with the information and resources required to support learning in this area. This site provides a great range of resources, discussion topics, links, and recipes to engage students of all ages with direct links to several curriculum elaborations from the Australian Curriculum: Technology which includes: “Identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, including Aboriginal bush foods, into food groups and describing tools and equipment needed to prepare these for healthy eating” (ACARA, 2014).

The information within this site provides a great insight into how traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders utilise the land and its resources to live.

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Technology: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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