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One Place, Many Stories: Our Country

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This resource contains a series of short case studies about Indigenous people who are working together with the broader community to sustain and care for the environment. Its themes of caring for the environment, shared responsibility in protecting the environment, working together and respecting and embracing our cultural heritage are concepts that are relevant to all students. Using the Selection Criteria for the Evaluation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, this resource is particularly strong in conveying an authentic, accurate and positive perspective for a number of Aboriginal communities. It has been developed in consultation with the different communities and shows a wide variety of perspectives with the main aim of showing how important the Indigenous people are to ensuring the conservation and sustainability of the country.

 

Although the resource is particularly strong in embedding an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective about caring for the environment, the resource itself would need to be simplified to engage Early Stage One students. For this age group, I would select a number of images from the resource and use them as a platform for discussion. Specifically, in the chapter Working Together (p. 35) there are a series of images from the people of Crocodile Island and surrounding seas who are participating in a cultural dance, participating in a school project as well as working with non-Indigenous young children to plant trees. As these stories are of real young Australians, the students may be able to relate and engage with a topic that could be too abstract for some. The issues of working together to care for the environment and diversity within our people and landscape can all be discussed. Such lessons could be used concurrently with our more experiential projects to consolidate the importance of the natural environment and caring for it.  

 

 

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Clean Up Australia Day - Official Site

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Clean Up Australia Day inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to clean up their local environment.
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Clean up Australia Day inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. It is an annual event for all of Australia. The concept has branched off into cleaning up schools and encourages students and school communities to all get involved. I would organise a ‘Clean up our School Day’ for my class and broaden it out to the whole school community. This project would allow my students to identify the school natural and built environment, learn to care about that environment and provide vast opportunities for class reflection and assessment. There are a number of resources available for the teacher who can register the school and become involved in Australia’s Green Kids Award. There are a range of education resources available that are aim to complement the Clean Up Day even with classroom based activities. For example, Clean Up The River is an online interactive recycling game for young students. The game itself is curriculum-based and stage appropriate to engage and educate students about the environment using a different medium. This is a particularly engaging and exciting project that is hands-on and clear in its desired outcomes. It requires an ongoing open dialogue between teacher and students and also has the capacity to include the broader school community. Such a combination further consolidates the notion of caring for the natural things in our immediate environment.

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Welcome to the curriculum programs and support site

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This online resource should be the first point of reference for any pre-service or graduate teacher. It was specifically designed by the DEC and is now in the care of NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre with the ultimate goal of supporting NSW teachers. Before we endeavour to reinvent the wheel, we should reflect on what is currently available and what have proven to be effective teaching tools, resources and ideas. The content of this website is relevant and directly tied to the HSIE NSW syllabus for stage, outcome and subject matter. The website contains ideas for lesson plans and appropriate assessment tasks. This website has a significant focus on educating about the environment. One example is the resource ‘Learning Sequence 1: Special Places’. This document is specific to Early Stage One and learning about caring for the natural things in the immediate environment. The document provides activities for the students to engage in and suggestions for assessment tasks. There is also a ‘Gifted and Talented Special Places Unit of work’ which allows the teacher to extend those who require further challenge and suggestions for combining this unit of work with other KLA’s, especially considering the main focus in Early Stage One is numeracy and literacy.  

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Home | Global Education

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This site, supported by the Federal Government, provides a range of resources for teachers aimed at encouraging the incorporation of a global perspective into Australian schools that are also in line with the curriculum. The site provides a number of teaching and learning approaches that develop knowledge and skills to respond to global issues and to engage all stages.

Global case studies provided on the site can be tailored to different stages and outcomes. For Early Stage One it is important to keep the message clear and simple, whilst still being relatable and engaging. One case study that would be suitable for my class would be People and The Environment with the specific activity Trees and their products. This could be incorporated with our Garden Project or by simply planting a ‘Class Tree’. This task also provides an opportunity to use a literacy strategy by means of assessment. Students could communicate their understanding through a picture with labels or can create their own story. They could also document the growth of the plants using photography.

Using this website, I could also introduce a topic by using one or a number of images available (either beautiful natural environment or a natural environment that has been damaged by man or weather) in combination with a picture book to start to a discussion about one particular location/environment overseas. We would discuss how the environment may look a little different to our own but we still need to care for it and help make the world a better place.  

There are also links to other useful websites that have tools and apps that a teacher can use to include everyone in the class and meet all needs of the students whilst keeping them engaged.

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Kitchen Gardens

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The Kitchen gardens website provides advice for teachers and schools, learning resources and a student investigation scaffold.
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The Kitchen Gardens Program is an in-depth series of activities that have a more hands-on approach to learning and caring about the natural environment. It is designed by the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre and one project would be a long-term commitment that I would take on with my students. The website is divided into sections: Teachers, Students and Stories. The Teachers section contains numerous resources, syllabus links and practical tips for implementing a gardening project. The Students section is for older students who are invited to take a greater ownership over their gardening project. The third section for Stories describes the reflections from students and teachers across NSW about the gardening programs in their own schools.  There are a number of different ways you can bring gardening into the learning experience and it can differ depending on the stage and outcomes. My focus for early stage one could be the growing of a ‘Seasonal Colour Garden’. Creating a beautiful colourful garden and having the class committed to its flourishing, the students will develop positive attitudes towards caring for the natural environment. Having to observe how living things grow and change whilst recognising the role of the sun, air and water will provide further understanding of the natural environment.  This project would provide a positive, engaging, interactive and educational experience for the entire class.  The scope of the project means that the opportunities for the development of skills relevant to all KLA’s are substantial and effective.

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