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Australian Curriculum Geography – Sustainable use of natural resources – Year 4 ebook

This is a 22-page unit from the Australian Curriculum Geography series that covers:

  • The natural resources provided by the environment, and different views on how they could be used sustainably (ACHGK024) 


  • Identifying the different resources that exist in the natural environment and their role in the production of familiar objects. Sorting organic and inorganic natural resources, and natural and synthetic resources. Identifying natural resources from which synthetic materials are made.
  • Identifying the effects of unsustainable practices on natural resources including marine life, forests, soil and wetlands. Comparing sustainable and unsustainable fishing practices and their effect on the population of marine life. Discussing alternative, sustainable practices for use of resources.
  • Recognising the role of the individual is effecting change. Determining the current commitment to sustainability. Encourage others to commit to sustainability.

Key inquiry questions

  • How do different views about the environment influence approach to sustainability?
  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?

Geographical Inquiry and Skills

  • Develop geographical questions to investigate (ACHGS026) 
  • Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, for example, by observing, by interviewing conducting surveys and measuring, from sources such as maps, photographs, satellite images the media and the internet (ACHGS027) 
  • Represent data by constructing tables and graphs (ACHGS028) 
  • Represent the location of places and their features by constructing large-scale maps that confirm the cartographic conventions including scale, legend, title and north point, and describe their location using simple grid reference, compass direction and distance (ACHGS029) 
  • Interpret geographies data to identify distributions and patterns and draw conclusions (ACHGS030) 
  • Present findings in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, digital, graphic, tabular and visual, and use geographic terminology (ACHGS031) 
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge and identify the expected effects of the proposal (ACHGS032) 

 Geographical concepts

  • Place
  • Scale
  • Environment
  • Interconnection
  • Sustainability
  • Change

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