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Australian Curriculum Geography – Sustainable waste management – Year 4 ebook

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

  • The sustainable management of waste from production and consumption (ACHGK025) 


  • Recognising that problem waste is a human concept. Researching the recycling of organic and inorganic waste. Illustrating the effects of acid rain and water pollution on the natural environment.
  • Identifying the choices available to the individual for domestic waste disposal. Gathering information from a consumer to determine how domestic waste is managed. Collating information from a number of consumers to create a test sample for analysis. Evaluating the results of a test sample to determine how well the sample families have managed their domestic waste.
  • Identifying the historical reasons for many of today’s pollution problems. Identifying the scientific principles of the wetlands system of water treatment and its environmental advantages and disadvantages. Comparing the two constructed wetland systems: surface and subsurface.

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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